MLK Day Events

MLK Day Events

DATE   January 21, 2019   varies
LOCATION   Across Maine

 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Events across the state of Maine.


MLK Breakfast

Hosted by The Church of Universal Fellowship



8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Wells Conference Center, University of Maine
131 Munson Road, Orono, Maine

2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Celebration January 21 at 8:30 am at Wells Conference Center, UMaine The 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Celebration, co-sponsored by the Greater Bangor Area NAACP and the University of Maine Division of Student Life, is a familyfriendly event, celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King’s service while offering inspiration through diversity and social commitment. Doors open at 8:00 am, and the program will run from 8:30 to 10:30 am. The celebration will feature food, music, a peace writing prize recognition, and a keynote address by Amy Sneirson, Executive Director of Maine Human Rights Commission. Please call the CUF office at 866-3655 to reserve a seat at the CUF TABLE! Tickets: $20 each.

Bates College MLK Day Events

Bates College
Lewiston Maine


The theme for Bates’ 2019 MLK Day observance is “Lifting Every Voice: Intersectionality and Activism.” Read on for the entire schedule or jump ahead by date, Jan. 20–23. The keynote speaker at Bates College’s 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance is Barbara Ransby, Distinguished Professor in the departments of African American Studies, Gender and Women’s studies, and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago.





MEIRS 5th Annual Mlk Day

hosted by  Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services

facebook event


Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services
256 Bartlett St., Lewiston, Maine 04240


Maine Immigrant & Refugee Services (MEIRS) will be hosting its 5th annual MLK DAY at its Lewiston office locations, a day where both adults and children participate at activities offered by MEIRS.

Ten years ago, Maine Immigrant & Refugee Services was formed as a voluntary organization that provided vital programs and services to youth and their families. MEIRS has also partnered with both national and local organizations on educating parents and youth about juvenile justice, bullying and for the last 4 years, MEIRS has partnered with Gould Academy to enlist enough volunteers to work with the children and parents for variety of programs and activities. The goal of the event is to motivate young kids and parents to be an integral part of civic engagement and volunteerism so that they can become contributing members of their communities.

The theme of this event is civic engagement, how can our youth and their parents engage with the broader community and be part of the great the communities they live in and this great state and country.
Join us on MLK Day for fun activities.
For more information contact us at 7532700 or 3447882

Students of Color Dialogue with Maine Gov, Janet Mills

Hosted by King Fellows

facebook event


3 PM – 4:30 PM

Holiday Inn Portland – By the Bay
88 Spring Street, Portland, Maine 04101

As part of the 38th Annual Martin Luther King Day, We are organizing a facilitated dialogue between Students of Color and Maine’s Governor Janet T. Mills. before the dinner program.
RSVP for the dialogue is required by Saturday, January 19. Tickets for the dinner are available at For more information on both events, please email and or Pious.a.ali@gmail.con .
As is tradition, a limited number of complimentary tickets for the dinner are available to those who express interest on a first-come-first-serve basis. For more information or to request a ticket, please email

A Martin Luther King Celebration

Hosted by All Souls Congregational Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church

Facebook event

4 PM – 5:30 PM
All Souls Congregational Church
10 Broadway, Bangor Maine 04401

An ecumenical/interfaith service in celebration of the life and witness of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Participants will include over a dozen faith leaders, the City Council Chairs of both Bangor and Brewer, and we will be pleased to welcome Representative Craig Hickman as our speaker. Join us for what will prove to be a thought provoking and meaningful event. Open to all.


Where do we go from here? A reflection on the legacy of Dr. MLK


5:30pm – 8:00pm

Unitarian Universalist Church, Bangor
120 Park St., Bangor
Doors open at 5:30, dinner at 6

FREE // Facebook event

Enjoy a spaghetti supper while hearing from members of our community active in social justice issues today. Learn what is being done to fight the social justice issues of our day while honoring the legacy of MLK.

Hosted by AmeriCorps members out of Husson, UMaine & Unity College

In leu of admission, we ask attendees (if able) to bring hats & gloves to our event which we will distribute to a local homeless shelter.

Maine NAACP 38th Annual MLK Holiday Observance Celebration

5:30pm – 8:00pm
Holiday Inn Portland – By the Bay
88 Spring Street, Portland, Maine 04101

The 38th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance Celebration will bring hundreds of people together from across the state on Monday, January 21st, at the Holiday Inn By the Bay to honor the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This event, which is one of the largest and most diverse programs held throughout the year, will include remarks by Governor Janet T. Mills along with local speakers of every age and a keynote address by Naomi Walker, director of the Economic Anaylsis and Resarch Network (EARN) at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC.

The program will also highlight the importance of volunteerism and recognize those who have devoted their lives to the advancement of civil rights in Maine through community service.

Complimentary child care, including dinner, will be provided for children ages 4 to10 through AmeriCorps Alums. Registration is required. For more information or to RSVP for child care, please contact Jenifer Craven at

In the spirit of Rev. Dr. King’s beloved community, there will be an opportunity for you to actively contribute to the local community as well. Books will be on sale throughout the celebration with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Portland. Additionally, we are collaborating with Maine Senior Corps for the Warm Hearts, Warm Socks program to ensure men, women and children who are experiencing homelessness have warm socks. Attendees should bring a pair of socks with them of any size to add to our Senior Corps collection.

Please note that this event is a fundraiser to support racial justice efforts and the development of youth voice and leadership in our community.

As is tradition, a limited amount of complimentary tickets are available to those who express interest on a first-come first-serve basis. Please fill out the form at for more information or to request a ticket. For those who can purchase a ticket, please note that donations are being accepted to help make our program accessible to all who want to attend.

Please note that tickets will not be sold or held at the door. Attendees are required to print their tickets.

Doors will open with a cocktail reception/cash bar at 5:00 p.m. followed by the dinner program.

We hope that you will consider joining us for this special observance.


The Fierce Urgency of Now: Race, Economic Justice, and Political Power

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there ’is’ a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is the time for vigorous and positive action.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rev. Dr. King used the phrase “the fierce urgency of now“ on two occasions. The first was the “I Have A Dream” speech delivered on August 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial. The second was his “Beyond Vietnam” sermon in April 1967, given at Riverside Church in New York City. It is understood that in both, he is urging society to combine thoughtful analysis with deliberate, meaningful action against systems that oppress our humanity and the self-determination of people everywhere.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, GA, on January 15, 1929. He earned a doctorate degree in theology and, like his father, became a Baptist minister. Married to Coretta Scott King, they led the fight for the equal and humane rights of all. At the age of 39, Rev. Dr. King was tragically assassinated. Three years after his death, in 1971, several cities and states began to mark his birthday and then in 1986, it became a national holiday.

The day before his untimely death, Rev. Dr. King delivered an iconic sermon, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” which was given in support of the striking sanitation workers in Memphis. He was there making plans for the Poor People’s Campaign and a march on Washington that would confront the disparity of wealth in the United States.

The march did take place and the Poor People’s Campaign has been credited with helping to make policy changes and igniting a national discussion on poverty that has brought disenfranchised populations together in the fight for housing; livable wages; jobs; access to health care; and a fair justice system.

This year, our holiday observance is designed to challenge us to to move Rev. Dr. King’s call to action forward – vigorously and purposefully.

Sign up to stay in touch with Maine Initiatives