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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day- January 21, 2008
January 15, 2008, 12:15 am
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And speaking of race… Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is coming up on January 21st. It’s the 40th Anniversary of his assassination. For more information, go here.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Observance 2008
Building on a Legacy: The Construction of Social and Economic Justice

Interfaith Dialogue
Wed., Jan. 16, 7:00 p.m.
USM Glickman Library, 7th floor, Portland
Event details >>

Reconsidering Martin Luther King, Jr: A public conference on his role and legacy
Organized in partnership with the Maine Humanities Council
Sat., Jan. 19, 9:00 a.m.
USM Hannaford Hall, Portland
Event details >>

23rd Annual Music & Gospel Concert
Sun., Jan. 20, 6:00 p.m.
Merrill Auditorium, Portland
Event details >>

27th Annual Breakfast Celebration
Mon., Jan. 21, 8:00 a.m.
Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland
Event details >>

Eyes on the Prize
Screenings and Discussions
Mon., Jan. 21, various times
starting at 11:30 a.m.
Maine Historical Society, Portland
Event details >>

RELATED EVENTS

NAACP Portland Branch – MLK Observance
P.O. Box 18198, Portland, Maine 04112, (207) 253-5074

Interfaith Dialogue
Liberty And Justice For All…If Not Now, When? If Not You, Who?
Wed., Jan. 16, 7:00 p.m.
USM Glickman Library, 7th floor, Portland
Free and open to the public

2008 represents the fortieth year since Dr. King’s assassination. This year’s event will take a brief look at his legacy as a means to specifically address issues of racial discrimination and bigotry, socio-economic disparities, and the status of civil/human rights in Maine. We will discuss what is/is not being done by the interfaith community and whose responsibility it is to advocate for equality and justice. We will expand the discussion to analyze how the business community, political parties/leaders and educational institutions are treating these issues. The goal of the program will be to generate tangible action-oriented ideas to incorporate into existing efforts of eliminating racism and inequality in our state. If not now, when? If not you, who?

Reconsidering Martin Luther King, Jr:
A Public Conference on His Role and Legacy

Organized in partnership with the Maine Humanities Council
Sat., Jan. 19, 9:00 a.m.
USM Hannaford Hall, Portland

Forty years after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, this public conference will examine his lasting significance. Presentations and workshops will include a review of current scholarship on King, examination of his radicalism, how the civil rights movement was represented in photographs, approaches for the classroom, and how Hollywood depicts the civil rights movement. There will also be an opportunity to learn about Maine’s role in the movement and to meet Mainers who took part in it. CEUs are available for teachers.

For more information and to register, please visit http://mainehumanities.org/mlk/index.html.

23rd Annual Music — Gospel Concert
I’ve Been to the Mountaintop
Featuring the Windham Chamber Singers

Sun., Jan. 20, 6:00 p.m.
Merrill Auditorium, Portland

TICKETS: Available online through PortTix or by calling (207) 842-0800.
Purchased in advance: $12/adults, $5/youth 12 and under
At the door: $15/adults, $8/youth 12 and under

This year’s concert theme, I’ve Been to the Mountaintop, is taken from the last speech delivered by Dr. King on April 3, 1968. We will take this opportunity to replay portions of that speech in opening the concert so we are immediately connected to the purpose of the evening in honoring Dr. King. The concert will feature the Windham Chamber Singers, the gospel choirs of Brunswick Naval Air Station and Green Memorial AME Zion Church, Rock My Soul, ASERELA Sudanese Choir, and Sounds of Angels Central African choir. Other performers include the Iranian Choir and the traditional Peruvian instrumental sounds of Sergio Espinoza.

27th Annual Breakfast Celebration
Mon., Jan. 21, 8:00 a.m.
Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland
Followed by a wreath-laying dedication at Monument Square

TICKETS: (Ticket Request form)
$20/adults, $8/youth 12 and under
Tickets are not available at the door and must be purchased in advance. Please use our Ticket Request form to purchase tickets (You’ll need Acrobat Reader, which you can download here). Please call 253-5074 for more information.

Dr. Susan Rice, senior fellow on foreign affairs at the Brookings Institute, will serve as this year’s keynote speaker. Dr. Rice is from an African American family that traces their roots to the early 1900s in Maine.

Eyes on the Prize: Screenings and Discussions
Mon., Jan. 21, various times starting at 11:30 a.m.
Maine Historical Society, Portland
Free and open to the public

Partnering with the Maine Historical Society, Maine Humanities Council and the University of Southern Maine President’s Office, the NAACP will show approximately 5 hours of the 14-hour series with guest facilitators leading discussions immediately following each segment.

Other Related Events

Making Freedom: Maine’s African American History Series
Monday, January 14, 2008, and continuing on dates listed below

The NAACP has partnered with Primary Source, a non-profit educational organization, in offering a series on Maine’s African American history. The series begins on January 14 and will continue on January 21, 28, February 4, 11 at Portland High School Auditorium. For the annual NAACP Black History Month program, our presentation on Malaga Island will serve as the Making Freedom class on February 4. Guest speakers will be featured throughout the series. CEU credits are available for educators. Registration required. For more information, call 942-7146 or visit http://www.primarysource.org.

2008 Election Year: “Constructing Democracy”
UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND’S Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Featuring Staff From The Highlander Research And Education Center

Various dates in January (please see below)

As part of the 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, the University of New England hosts a residency with staff from the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee. The Highlander Center, which celebrated its 75th anniversary last fall, has a long history of supporting social justice movements, grassroots activism, and bringing individuals and groups together to envision and effect social change. It was one of the leading training centers for many of the country’s best-known activists during the civil rights movement. All of the Highlander Center’s programs are unified by the common theme of “Constructing Democracy,” which means building a society in which all people can participate in the decisions that affect their lives. Elandria Williams, a youth and community organizer on the Highlander’s Education Team, will be the featured speaker on the University Campus in Biddeford January 22-24th. Anasa Troutman, a Highlander staff member who uses arts and culture for activist organizing and social change will be the featured speaker on the Westbrook College Campus in Portland January 30-February 1st.

For more information on the University of New England events listed below, please visit http://www.une.edu/studentlife/multi/multicultural/mlk.

All MLK, Jr. events on the University Campus in Biddeford will be facilitated by Elandria Williams from the Highlander Center and are free and open to the public.

Socrates Café: Racism and Oppression in our Community?
Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m.
St. Francis Room, Library, UC Campus in Biddeford

UC Keynote Address: “Constructing Democracy”
Elandria Williams from the Highlander Center

Wednesday, January 23 at noon
Multipurpose Rooms, Campus Center, UC Campus, Biddeford
A Service & Community Involvement Fair will be held at the same time and location.

“Leadership for Activism” Workshop
Wednesday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Rooms, Campus Center, UC Campus, Biddeford.
To register for this workshop email ehavu@une.edu

All MLK, Jr. Events on the Westbrook College Campus in Portland will be facilitated by Anasa Troutman from the Highlander Center and are free and open to the public.

WCC Keynote Address: “Why We Can’t Wait”
Anasa Troutman from the Highlander Center
Wednesday, January 30 at noon
Ludcke Auditorium, WCC Campus, Portland

Socrates Café: Racism and Oppression in our Community?
Wednesday, January 30 at 5:00 p.m.
Cahner’s Lounge, Hersey Hall, WCC Campus, Portland

“Initiating Conversations: Tools for Change” Workshop
Thursday, January 31 at 1:00 p.m.
Alexander 07, WCC Campus, Portland

“Engaging Communities through the Arts” Workshop
Thursday, January 31 at 6:00 p.m.
Alexander 07, WCC Campus, Portland

Other UNE Martin Luther King, Jr. events will include UNE Days of Service and Read-In Events at local elementary schools in Biddeford and Portland. For more information visit http://www.une.edu/studentlife/multi/multicultural/mlk.

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