RACIAL UNITY TEAM
Dr. Martin Luther King Day
Breakfast & Celebration
Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy as a peacemaker, seeker of equality and champion of justice will be
remembered and celebrated on Monday January 16, 2017, the national holiday.
The Seacoast Annual Martin Luther King Breakfast, organized by various seacoast groups and participants, will be held on Monday January 16, 2016 at the Red Brick Church/First Baptist Church of Exeter, 2 Spring Street, Exeter,
Breakfast will be served in the lower level Community Center of the church starting at 9am until 10:00am You can arrive any time between 9am and 10:00 to be served breakfast. The suggested donation for the breakfast is: Seniors and Students $2-$4, Adults $6-$10. At 10:30 in the upstairs
sanctuary, the program of celebration, with keynote speaker Dr. Courtney Marshall, will begin. Local students will share their writings of King, community leaders will reflect on his legacy, while local
musicians (Kent Allyn, Suzie Burke, Dave Charette, Doug Holzapfel, Matt Langley, Bob McCarthy, Ilona Tipp, Lillian Buckley) will share music of unity, peace and hope.
Information and handouts will be available if you are interested in getting involved in local groups such as the NAACP, SAC, Black Heritage Trail, Race Unity Team of Exeter, AFL CIO.
For more information call 603-772-3098
Exeter’s second annual Walk a Mile for Racial Unity will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. , the public is invited to join a guided one-hour tour which will explore how race has shaped Exeter’s history. Beginning at The Red Brick Church on the corner of Front and Spring Streets, the walk will highlight sites of importance in the racial history of Exeter, where Native American, African American and Chinese American lives made contributions or experienced discrimination in the background of our town.
Racial issues began when Exeter was officially settled in 1638 by British immigrants and the Squamscott and Algonquian people living in the area were displaced. This tour will further explore how race has shaped Exeter’s history and will, hopefully, open a dialog that will help shape its future.
After the Walk you are invited to return to the starting point, 2 Spring Street, where you can write and post your ideas about racial unity in Exeter. We will also have a short “town hall” meeting about how we today can promote racial unity in Exeter and beyond.
Brochures highlighting sites in downtown Exeter will be distributed to participants, and information based on research by Exeter Historical Society curator Barbara Rimkunas will be distributed on the tour. Guides will include members of a Racial Unity Team (RUT), local volunteers who have been working on tour planning for over a year.
If you are planning to participate in this years walk click on the facebook event and select going. https://www.facebook.com/events/123181298126430/ and if you would like to be a volunteer during this event email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walk a Mile for Racial Unity 2015
On Saturday, September 25, 2015 a group of 85 local and area people gathered on the steps of The Red Brick Church to walk a mile-long route with significant sites pertaining to racial issues in Exeter. At each of the 11 stops along the route, a Phillips Exeter Academy student held a placard with information about the history of that site. Participants gathered again at the end of the walk at The Red Brick Church and discussed current racial issues and what we can do to improve them. A Racial Unity Team continues to meet at our church and work toward educating both children and adults about racial unity in our town and nation.
Memorial Service for South Carolina Shooting Victims 2015
The memorial service was held Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at the Red Brick Church. Pastor Dee said that the confessed shooter wanted to start a revolution of hatred–a movement to divide and separate people. What we should start is a revolution of love, a revolution that will bring us all together. Fellow Exeter Church Leaders Father Marcel Martel of St. Michael’s Church, Reverend Michael Pendleton of Christ Church and Pastor David Moore of Exeter Area Christian Fellowship joined Pastor Dee in healing prayers and song.