BELFAST — The 34th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Walk will be held Monday, Jan. 16. Interested participants are asked to gather at 4:30 p.m. in Post Office Square and walk together to the First Church in Belfast, UCC, at 104 Church St. for a celebration of Dr. King’s life and work.

All are welcome, as well, to join the group in First Church at approximately 5 p.m. for a program “to honor both our history and the ongoing work to create a truly inclusive and ‘beloved community’ in Waldo County,” according to a press release from event organizers.

In addition to listening to and honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. himself, speakers this year include two youth, Nnenaya Bloomstein and Rio Dubois, who will share their perspectives on civil rights work in the schools and with young people, and Sheriff Jason Trundy, to discuss local efforts in Waldo County around racial equity and the effort to ensure that everyone feels safe and welcome in this community.

“Come together safely, to honor those killed in the civil rights movement and to commemorate past and current struggles for racial justice,” the organizers say in the press release. Belfast Community TV is again collaborating on filming the event.

Planners are also sponsoring a poster project created by graphic arts students at Waldo County Technical Center, and their posters will be displayed by local merchants during January in downtown Belfast.

A free Nonviolent Action and Community Organizing Training in the tradition of Ella Baker and Fannie Lou Hamer will be offered on Saturday, Jan. 14, in the UU Church sanctuary on Miller Street from 1 to 5 p.m. The training session will be facilitated  by Ethan Hughes of the Possibility Alliance and Phoebe Dolan, co-director of Maine Youth Power, and friends. Donations will be gratefully accepted, to be shared by Sunlight Media and Racial Equity & Justice. For more information, call Ethan Hughes at 338-5719.

The events are sponsored by the MLK Jr. Day Planning Committee. For more information, email or call 338-5089.