Events slated to mark Martin Luther King Day

Posted Jan. 12, 2011, at 5:07 p.m.

Activities have been scheduled in the area to commemorate Martin Luther King Day, a holiday honoring the late civil rights activist.

BANGOR — Student breakfast to honor Martin Luther King Jr., 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, Bangor Public Library. Dr. Josephine Bright of Syracuse University will discuss why the U.S. celebrates King’s birthday. Students will also have the opportunity to make crafts. The event is free, but registration is required. To register, go to the library’s children’s desk or call 947-8336, ext. 111.

BANGOR — Service of Light in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 225 French St. The service of music, hymns and prayers is a joint celebration with All Souls Congregational Church. Music by a gospel choir comprising members of both churches. Call 947-0156.

BANGOR — Commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday Sunday, Jan. 16, at new location of the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 96 Harlow St., Suite 100. Open house vegetarian potluck supper and singalong 5-7 p.m. The event is free. Bring a vegetarian dish to share and a poem, song or reading related to the legacy of King for today.

Open house and commemoration to be held after a meeting of representatives of regional peace and justice groups sharing the work they do in their communities. Regional meeting 2-4 p.m. at the new center. Call the center to attend this meeting.

Snow date is Monday, Jan. 17, same times and location. For information about both events, call 942-9343.

BANGOR — Fourth annual the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. vigil at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, at Unitarian Universalist Church, 120 Park St. Clergy from churches in Old Town, Alton and Orono will participate. Music presentations by Mary Hunter.

James Varner, president of the Maine Human Rights Coalition, to read from King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”

BELFAST — To mark Martin Luther King Day, residents of Waldo County will gather for 23rd consecutive year at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, in front of Belfast post office and march to First Church for light refreshments. Participants invited to brief program of songs and readings. Featured speaker Tim Bullock of Massachusetts, who has spent time in Africa and the Caribbean islands tracing the early roots of slavery.

The event is free and open to all, including children. Bring a candle. The event, sponsored by Waldo County Peace and Justice, will take place regardless of weather. Call 322-7464, 338-5470 or 548-6194.

BREWER — The Worker Rights Board of Eastern Maine will be unveiled at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Solidarity Center, 20 Ivers St. Martin Luther King Day was chosen as the time to announce establishment of the new group, its mission to provide a community forum to legitimize workers’ voices and to help remedy work-place injustices.

Labor leaders, clergy, elected officials and community members expected to attend. For information, call 989-4141.

OLD TOWN — Linette George and James Varner, president, Maine Human Rights Coalition, will conduct services for Martin Luther King Day at 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, at Federated Church of Stillwater, 335 Bennoch Road. 827-4493.

OLD TOWN — Linette George and James Varner, president, Maine Human Rights Coalition, will conduct services for Martin Luther King Day at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, at Old Town United Methodist Church, 744 Stillwater Ave. 827-4493.

ORONO — Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 17, Wells Conference Center, University of Maine. Greater Bangor Area NAACP and the University of Maine to present the event. Doors open at 8 a.m.

University of Maine female student singing group Renaissance to perform 8-8:30 a.m. Destiny Worship Praise Team, gospel singers from nondenominational Destiny Worship Center, to perform at close of program.

Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, director of outreach at Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center, keynote speaker. He is the former Muslim chaplain at Howard University, the first Muslim installed as chaplain in higher education there. He is head of the National Association of Muslim Chaplains in Higher Education and chairman of government relations for the Muslim Alliance in North America.

Tickets for breakfast are $20 for adults, $15 age 65 and up, $10 for high school and college students with ID, and $10 for children 12 and younger. Those interested in attending are encouraged to purchase tickets early at 581-1406. Ticket purchases are nonrefundable.

American Sign Language interpreters will be provided.

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