The 29th annual Martin Luther King candlelight walk and celebration will mark the federal holiday Monday, Jan. 15.

Participants are asked to gather at 4:30 p.m. in Post Office Square and walk from there to The First Church in Belfast on Spring Street for a celebration with music, readings from Dr. King's work, and "commemoration of past and current struggles for racial justice," according to a press release from event sponsors.

Keynote speaker will be Joseph Jackson, coordinator of Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition, a group that advocates on behalf of prisoners and their families with the Maine Department of Corrections.

Jackson is also program director with Maine Inside Out and founded the Maine State Prison chapter of the NAACP. During his incarceration, he was involved with literacy volunteer training, peer education and work ready alternatives to violence.

He simultaneously completed his associate's and bachelor's degrees, summa cum laude, from the University of Southern New Hampshire and was selected as a member of Who's Who among students in colleges and universities in 2012.

Jackson is continuing his work for prisoner rights while finishing a master's degree at the University of Southern Maine. He is a published poet, and his master's thesis, "Black in Maine," has been released at

MLK Peace and Justice Committee is sponsoring the event. Co-sponsor is R.A.W.-Restorative Art Works. For more information, contact Meredith Bruskin at 338-5089.