Events to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted Jan. 14, 2010, at 6:30 p.m.

Events are planned in Greater Bangor in memory of civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They include:

• A Martin Luther King Jr. Day service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at All Souls Congregational Church, 10 Broadway, Bangor, in conjunction with St. John’s Episcopal Church. Guests include the Destiny Worship Praise Team from the Destiny Worship Center in Brewer and keynote speaker U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, among others.

• James Varner, president and CEO of Maine Human Rights Coalition Inc. in Old Town, will speak at 9 a.m. Jan. 17, at Stillwater Federated Church, 335 Bennoch Road; and at 10:45 a.m. Jan. 17, at Old Town United Methodist Church, 744 Stillwater Ave.

• The third annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Vigil will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor, 120 Park St. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. James Varner will be master of ceremonies. Participating clergy will include the Rev. Becky Gunn, minister of the Park Street church; the Rev. Joan De Sanctis of Old Town United Methodist Church; JoAnn Hall of the University of Maine’s Newman Center; and Molly Duplissie Palmer, clerk of Orono Friends Quaker Meeting.

• The Greater Bangor Area NAACP and the University of Maine will hold the 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at the Wells Conference Center at UMaine, Orono. Doors open at 8 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Phil Ertha, a nationally known preacher, soloist and writer with Bangor roots, will be keynote speaker. There also will be performances by the Destiny Worship Praise Team and the UMaine group Renaissance. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for senior citizens age 65 and older; $10 for high school and college students with identification; $10 for children age 12 and younger. Purchase tickets early by calling 581-1428.

• Students in grades three through five and their families are invited to center court of the Bangor Mall from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, for a Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service. University of Maine Black Bear student athletes will lead the children through four stations, culminating in the painting of a mural. The com-pleted mural will be displayed at area schools. The four stations are: a discussion on diversity; storytelling including interactive narratives about the Native American community; making a sculpture, which the children may take with them; and team-building games that teach children to work together regardless of differences. Stu-dents must be accompanied by an adult. For information, call 581-1828.

• A Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Commemoration will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Keith Anderson Community Center in Orono. Snow date is Jan. 18. The public event is being planned by the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, University of Maine Peace and Reconciliation Studies, students from UMaine’s Office of Multicultural Programs and AmeriCorps Volunteers. Events include a “talking circle” from 4 to 5 p.m.; bring a dish to share in the potluck beginning at 5:30 p.m.; “I Have a Dream Cafe” from 6 to 8 p.m., emceed by Forrest Danzler and featuring songs, poems, readings and artwork. For information, call 942-9343.

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