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MLK Jr. Day candlelight vigil set for Jan. 18

Jan 08, 2021
Source: File Photo The Rev. Joel Krueger, co-pastor of The First Church in Belfast, greets people gathered for a past birthday commemoration on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Belfast — The 32nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day candlelight community gathering will be held this year on Monday, Jan. 18, in Post Office Square. An afternoon video presentation on Zoom will precede the gathering in lieu of the traditional evening program in the First Church.

The candlelight vigil is a time to honor those killed in the civil rights struggle, and a time to remember all who have lost their lives in the struggle for racial justice, according to a press release from its organizers. They quoted Dr. Cornel West: "Justice is what love looks like in public."

Participants will gather at 4:30 p.m. for a physically distanced vigil, rather than a walk, in commemoration of past and current struggles for racial justice. Participants are asked to bring candles or flashlights, wear masks and stand 8 to 10 feet apart, stretching down both sides of Main Street.

During the outdoor ceremony, the First Church bells will toll for those remembered, and to honor Dr. King's work and sacrifice. The vigil will end at 5 p.m.

As there can be no indoor gathering this year because of the pandemic, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Committee will host a Zoom program at 3 p.m., prior to the vigil. The presentation will include a collage of clips of speeches by Dr. King and comments from people in the community on the importance of this day to them. To obtain the link for the Zoom gathering and/or to offer comments for inclusion in the program, email The MLK Jr. speeches will be closed-captioned.

For more information, contact the MLK Jr. Day Planning Committee at or 338-5089.



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Comments (1)
Posted by: John E Marshall | Jan 09, 2021 10:44

It was at the Vigil on a snowy 18 Jan 94, that I met Douglas Coffin and Warren Greeley and the conversation that ensued lead to the founding of the Belfast UU Church.


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