MLK walk, gathering set for Jan. 21

Jan 04, 2019
Photo by: Carolyn Zachary The Rev. Joel Krueger, pastor of The First Church in Belfast, greets people gathered to commemorate the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 2017.

Belfast — The 30th annual Martin Luther King candlelight walk and community gathering will be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21. All are welcome to participate in the event, which is sponsored by the MLK Peace and Justice Committee.

The candlelight walk will start at 4:30 p.m. from the Belfast Post Office and proceed to the First Church on Spring Street for a gathering with music, readings from King's work, and commemoration of past and current struggles for racial justice.

Keynote speaker will be Kirsten Daley, a 2018 graduate of the University of Maine who is a dedicated activist in anti-racist organizing and building community to fight larger systems of inequality. Daley was president of the UMaine Black Student Union, public relations chairman of both the Student Women's Association and the Student Alliance for Sexual Health, and public relations, social media and event coordinator for the UMaine Office of Multicultural Student Life. She is also an active member of the Young Women of Color for Reproductive Freedom Network.

Daley has written that she hopes to "make a career out of working with those who have been disenfranchised, harmed and marginalized by the prison system, police brutality, food insecurity, as well as other systems and institutions built on inequality. Revolution begins and ends with our ability to work as a community to help each other and elevate the voices of those most marginalized."

 

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