BELFAST — The 31st annual Martin Luther King Candlelight Walk and community gathering will be held Monday, Jan. 20. The walk will start from the Belfast Post Office at 4:30 p.m., and proceed to the First Church on Spring Street for a gathering with music, readings from MLK's dedicated work, and commemoration of past and current struggles for racial justice.
“We are pleased to welcome as the keynote speaker Desiree Vargas,” said a news release.
Vargas is a racial justice activist and advocate, intersectional feminist and decolonizer, who is also a co-founder of Racial Equity & Justice, a group dedicated to education and activism around issues of inclusion and diversity.
Vargas identifies as a black, brown and indigenous community member and as a life-long Maine resident, understands the unique challenges of addressing diversity and inclusion in the State of Maine. She is enrolled in Higuayagua: Taino of the Caribbean, is lead program coordinator of the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, an NAACP member, as well as member of the American Indian Student Organization of UMaine.
Vargas also is trained in massage and polarity therapy which helps her add holistic healing and balance not only to her own life, but to the spaces she occupies.
"We are more than our trauma, we are our healing," she said.
“Join us in honoring Desiree's work and the work of all who continue the struggle for civil rights, inclusion and diversity,” said the release. “Recommit as a community to the ongoing struggle for racial justice and equity for all.”
Sponsored by the MLK Peace and Justice Committee, Greater Belfast Ministerium, and Waldo Technical School.
FMI: Meredith Bruskin 338-5089