Activities have been scheduled in the area to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a holiday honoring the late civil rights activist.
BANGOR — Fourth annual the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. vigil, 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 the 23rd consecutive year at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, in front of the Belfast post office and march to First Church for light refreshments. Participants are invited to a brief program of songs and readings. Featured speaker is 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 — 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 the establishment of the new group. Its mission is to provide a community forum to legitimize workers’ voices and to help remedy workplace injustices.
Labor leaders, clergy, elected officials and community members are expected to attend. For information, call 989-4141.
FARMINGTON — An ecumenical service begins at noon Monday, Jan. 17, at Henderson Memorial Baptist Church. Guest speaker is Nancy Fritz, director of the Homeless Initiatives Department at Maine State Housing Authority.
ORONO — Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 17, Wells Conference Center, University of Maine. The 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 the nondenominational Destiny Worship Center, to perform at close of program.
Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, director of outreach at Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center, is 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 older, $10 for high school and college students with ID, $10 for children 12 and younger. Those interested in attending are encouraged to purchase tickets early at 581-1406. Ticket purchases nonrefundable.
American Sign Language interpreters will be provided.