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UMaine announces Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

ORONO, Maine — The Greater Bangor Area NAACP and the University of Maine will hold a breakfast celebration in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at Wells Conference Center on campus.

The university women’s singing group Renaissance will perform starting at 8 a.m., after doors open for the event. The Bangor Community Chorus will perform at the end of the event.

Professor Denise Patmon, director of the undergraduate teacher licensure program at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, will deliver the keynote address. Patmon also has taught at Wheelock College in Boston and Lehman College’s campus in Hiroshima, Japan.

Patmon teaches writing and literature courses and supervises field experiences in urban schools.

The program will include a presentation about a racial sensitivity program held at Connors Emerson School in Bar Harbor last year. Hannah Paradis, an eighth-grade student, started the program.

Children’s activities are planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old Town-Orono YMCA. Students in grades 3 through 5 will participate in activities that focus on diversity and teach about the life and ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr.

UMaine athletes, students and community members will lead the activities, which include crafts, henna tattoos, Native American storytelling led by UMaine professor John Bear Mitchell, group discussions and team-building activities. All children will receive a free T-shirt.

For more information or to sign up a child, contact Meagan McCready or Samantha Kane at 581-1796 or by email at meagan.mccready@umit.maine.edu or samantha.kane@umit.maine.edu.

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