PORTLAND, Maine — The NAACP Portland Branch is joined by the Center for African Heritage, City of Portland, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, Homeless Voices for Justice/Preble Street, The Opportunity Alliance, Portland Housing Authority, Portland Public Schools, and University of New England in celebrating the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday with annual events that began Friday in Portland:
• Community dialogue “The Silence of Inequity: Hunger, Health and Education,” 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, University of New England, Ludcke Auditorium. Free.
• 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday breakfast celebration 8-11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Holiday Inn by the Bay. Keynote “A Call to Conscience: Civil Rights and the Quest for Peace and Justice” by William S. Cohen, former U.S. secretary of defense and U.S. senator who represented Maine in Congress for 24 years. Separate program for children ages 1-12 at Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine. Tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/535710.
BANGOR, Maine — A children’s program, potluck and discussion will be held to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday beginning at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 96 Harlow St.
A program for children ages 5-12 will kick off the commemoration from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Volunteers will lead participants in activities related to King’s lessons for today, emphasizing nonviolent communication and respect.
Advance registration is not required.
The vegetarian potluck will begin at 5 p.m. and will be followed at 6 p.m. by a short presentation about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela by Doug Allen, education committee coordinator for the Peace & Justice Center and philosophy professor at the University of Maine.
Bring a vegetarian dish to share. For information, call 942-9343.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The Aroostook Medical Center will hold the MLK 1K at noon, Jan. 20, A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital campus on Academy Street.
On a day set aside to remember and honor a great American who “had a dream,” TAMC is inviting the community to share in its dream/goal of creating a healthier Aroostook County.
Participants will run or walk around the hospital campus on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Recently, the TAMC team learned that it won the Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems Fall Challenge, an initiative of the systemwide Total Health Team, which asked employees to take on a new challenge to improve their health over a 12-week period.
TAMC took home top honors in terms of highest completion rate for participants among the larger member organizations in EMHS.
Community members, including families with children who have the holiday off from school, are welcome to join in the MLK 1K. No advance registration is required. Participants are asked to arrive at the main entrance of the hospital by noon.
Free healthy snacks will be served after the run-walk. For information, call 768-4044.
ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine, in collaboration with the Greater Bangor Area NAACP, will celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with events including a march, lunch and panel discussion from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Jan. 20.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day events will kick off at 12:30 p.m. with a march starting at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Memorial Plaza that will be led by the Black Student Union, a University of Maine student organization.
Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. in the Bangor Room of the Memorial Union and music will be provided by the singing group Voices for Peace. After lunch and opening remarks, a panel will discuss “What Would King do? Lessons for Today” followed by a question-and-answer period and small group discussions on the ways King inspires hope for change individually and throughout the world.
All events are free and open to the public.
The schedule is as follows:
• 12:30 p.m. — March led by Black Student Union starting at the King Plaza
• 1 p.m. — Lunch in the Bangor Room of the Memorial Union
• 1:15 p.m. — Voices for Peace performance
• 1:30 p.m. — Opening remarks by Robert Dana, vice president for Student Life at UMaine; Muna Abdullahi, director of the Office of Multicultural Student Life’s Multicultural Center; Robert Talbot of the Greater Bangor Area NAACP; and Doug Allen, UMaine philosophy professor
• 1:45 p.m. — Panel discussion on “What Would King do? Lessons for Today”
• 2:45 p.m. — Q&A session
• 3:10 p.m. — Group discussions
• 4:15 p.m. — Civil rights song led by Voices for Peace
ORONO, Maine — A celebration and breakfast in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his teachings will be held 8-10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Wells Conference Center, University of Maine, near the field house. Emcee will be James Varner, president of Maine Human Rights Coalition Inc. Speakers will include the Rev. Becky Gunn of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor, the Rev. Dr. Forest Pritchett, professor in African, multicultural and religious studies at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., and several national and state elected officials. Pritchett was National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Educator of the Year in 2011, and will speak about the treatment of President Barack Obama and pay special tribute to the late South African President Nelson Mandela. Tickets are $20 for general admission; $12 for students, children under 12 and senior citizens age 60 and older, and may be purchased at the University of Maine’s Multicultural Office on the third floor of Memorial Union, and at the door by calling James Varner ahead of time at 827-4493.
BANGOR — Service of Light honoring the memory and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 4 p.m. Jan. 19, at All Souls Church, 10 Broadway. This service incorporates a combined choir from several churches, the praise choir of Destiny Worship Center and participants from many congregations. For information, call 942-7354 or visit allsoulsbangor.com.