MLK event changes venue

Posted Jan. 18, 2009, at 9:35 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration was rescheduled Sunday because of the storm.

It will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m. today at the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 170 Park St., then move to the Unitarian Universalist Church, 120 Park St., where an “I Have a Dream” cafe will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.

The event was to have been held at the same time Sunday at the Keith Anderson Community Center in Orono.

The public is invited to join a conversation about Martin Luther King Jr. and President-elect Barack Obama from 3 to 5 p.m., with a potluck supper at 5:30 p.m.

People may bring a dish, sing a song, recite a poem or share their thoughts. Any attendee may take the stage for up to 10 minutes to share an experience or vision for the future on the theme of nonviolence and social justice.

The program is a collaboration with AmeriCorps members and community partners to honor King’s birthday by making it “a day on, not a day off.”

AmeriCorps members Sandy Tardiff and Maria Girouard were awarded a small grant by the Maine Commission for Community Service to provide local youth and civil rights teams with resources to spread the word about King’s teachings and his belief in building peaceful bridges through service. Civil rights teams have been invited to present their dreams for a more peaceful and just society at the cafe.

“We look forward to a fun, interesting and inclusive event. You may wish to add your voice or simply spend time in a peaceful environment, making new friends and reconnecting with old,” Tardiff said last week.

For information, call Ilze Petersons at 942-9343.

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