AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine will mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day with seminars, worship services and speeches. It is also a state and national holiday, and following Friday’s state shutdown day gives Maine state workers a four-day weekend.
A Martin Luther King Jr. Day service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at All Souls Congregational Church in 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.
Bates College in Lewiston begins its observances Sunday evening with a sermon by Barbara Savage, history professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of a book on the politics of black religion.
In Waterville, the annual MLK Day community breakfast will be held Monday morning. Students will cite their favorite quotes of the civil rights leader. Gov. John Baldacci was scheduled to speak at the NAACP Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast at Orono.
In Portland, an MLK gospel concert will be held Sunday night and the NAACP’s Portland Branch will hold its 29th annual Martin Luther King breakfast Monday.