SNHU Professor Receives Martin Luther King Award

Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Martin Luther King Coalition

Manchester, N.H. (Jan. 5, 2006) - Dr. Mahboubul Hassan, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Manchester and a professor of finance and economics at Southern New Hampshire University, will receive the 2007 Martin Luther King Award at the 25th annual Martin Luther King Day Community Celebration, Monday, Jan. 15, at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral’s Community Center, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A native of Bangladesh, Hassan is the founder of ISGM and a devoted volunteer in the local Muslim community, according to Sally Crateau, chair of the Martin Luther King Coalition, which sponsors the annual event.

“Dr. Hassan has offered a unique type of leadership for the Muslim community in very difficult times, especially after the events of Sept. 11, 2001,” added Nabil Migalli, a member of the Coalition’s steering committee.

The Coalition noted that Manchester Muslims have faced many obstacles in their efforts to establish the community’s first mosque.  “Dr. Hassan’s soft-spoken style has helped Muslims reach out and build bridges with the larger community,” Migalli said.

The Rev. Dr. Bertha Perkins, who has been among those observing Dr. King’s birthday over the past two and a half decades, will be the keynote speaker.  She is the founder and pastor of New Fellowship Baptist Church in Nashua.

Gov. John Lynch will also attend the event. The celebration, which is free and open to the public, will also feature performances by the Rhythm of New Hampshire Show Chorus and the West High School Jazz Band. It will begin at 2 p.m. with a potluck meal and social hour, followed by the program from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The program will be interpreted for the deaf.

The Coalition was started in 1982 by the Greater Manchester NAACP, the Greater Manchester Black Scholarship Foundation and the Manchester YWCA.  Its first observance of King’s birthday was held in the parish hall at Brookside Congregational Church in 1983.  The 2007 celebration will include reflections from participants in the first King Day event. 

The celebration will be held in the Community Center at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 650 Hanover St. in Manchester.

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