NAACP’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. community dialogue

Posted Dec. 31, 2013, at 11:52 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 1 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Ludcke Auditorium, UNE, Portland, Maine

PORTLAND, Maine — “The Silence of Inequity: Hunger, Health and Education,” an NAACP annual Martin Luther King Jr. community dialogue, will be held 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Ludcke Auditorium, University of New England’s Portland campus. Free and open to the public. The dialogue is expected to bring together people of all ages while providing youth the opportunity to develop and strengthen their leadership skills. The event will be youth-facilitated by teen leaders in the NAACP Martin Luther King Jr. Fellows program and other local high school student leaders along with undergraduate students from the University of New England participating in an Advanced Diversity Leadership Certificate co-curricular program.

Hunger and its impact on health outcomes along with educational achievement gaps will be explored through speakers, interactive breakout sessions and a call to action.  The primary goals of the program are to learn more about the inequities and current efforts at eliminating them along with strategizing on the collective action needed for sustainable change. 

The event is co-sponsored by National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, University of New England, The Opportunity Alliance, Center for African Heritage, Homeless Voices for Justice, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England Americorps, and Maine Americorps Alums.