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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Welcoming Ceremony

Black and white images of Black Lives matter rallies, and Martin Luther marches

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

We are so pleased to kick off the day with a Welcome Ceremony led by Rep. Rachel Talbot Ross. We’ll hear from:

  • Ambassador Maulian Dana, Penobscot Nation
  • Tribal Council Member Cathy St. John, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians
  • Vice Chief Darrell Newell, Passamaquoddy Tribe
  • Rev. Jeff McIlwain, North Star AME Zion Church

This opening ceremony will set the stage for our day with an excerpt from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, recognition of Maine as unceeded territory of the Wabanaki Confederacy, an opening prayer, and framing for why this holiday is important. You can check out the video below or watch it on the event webpage.

In addition, we encourage you to begin the day reading this statement from the Maine State Prison Branch of the NAACP: HERE.

We’ve had a tremendous response to this event! If a session you would like to attend is full, we are doing our best to record them for future viewing. If you have questions about how to participate in today’s event, please go HERE.

Thank you!

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