Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellows
King Fellows seeks to become a sustainable statewide organization lead by and for youth of color that advances racial equity and justice in Maine with a foundational understanding of nonviolent social change; intersectionality and critical race theory; ethnic and racial identity development; history of the Diaspora and global awareness; and, will provide opportunities for community service, civic and social leadership. Additionally, the King Fellows seeks to create a pipeline of participation from middle school to college/career in order to build the capacity in the communities of color to be fully self- determined and actualized. While the changing racial composition of the state is a positive development, there is a dangerous increase in the racial and class-based coding of our national political discourse that is polarizing. It is furthering the divide; us vs. them. This has had a devastating impact on our our local and state politics. Maine needs the King Fellows to consciously interrupt this pattern.