BELFAST — The 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. candlelight vigil will be held on Monday, January 17, 2022. Gather at 4:30 p.m., in front of the First Church in Belfast, UCC, 104 Church St., for a candlelight vigil and commemoration.
Participants will join Dr. King’s family and grandson Martin Luther King III in calling on Congress “to restore the very voting rights protections my father and countless other civil rights leaders bled to secure.”
The group will call on its Representatives to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, currently stalled in Congress.
Bring candles or flashlights, stand together masked and physically distanced, for an honoring of those killed in the civil rights movement and to commemorate past and current struggles for racial justice. As Dr Cornel West wrote, “Justice is what love looks like in public.”
Come together as the First Church Bells toll for all whom we remember, to honor Dr. King and commit to the continuing work for civil rights.
Monday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m., there will be a Zoom presentation titled “Community Activism: Vision for a Better World.” The panel is made up of people from Waldo County who are working toward equity, inclusion and racial justice in the community. Hosted by Ivy Lobato and moderated by Dr. Arthur Jones, the panelists are from local high schools, workplaces and law enforcement and will share their vision for anti-racism and inclusion efforts here in Waldo County.
To attend this important panel discussion, email BelfastMLKDay@gmail.com for a link that will be sent to you to attend, 24 hours prior to the Zoom presentation.
Nonviolent Organizing and Action Training
On Sunday, January 16, from 2 - 4:40 p.m., a free training will be offered in Belfast. The 2-1/2 hours will be devoted to the root of Martin Luther King’s loving civil disobedience needed to disrupt the harms of patterns of racism and the climate emergency. All ages are invited to meet at the fire circle on the front lawn of the First Church, 104 Church St. Dress warmly.
Donations are welcome for Black and Indigenous led projects in Maine. Trainers include Astrid Montuclard from Tahiti, East Point Peace Academy; Phoebe Dolan of Maine Youth Power and Ethan Hughes, the Possibility Alliance.
The Colonial Theatre will show the film Selma on the evening of Sunday, January 16, in honor of MLK Jr Day. See the Colonial Theatre FB page for details.
National Day of Service to Honor Rev. King
Anyone wishing to participate in a “National Day of Service” on Monday Jan 17 can create their own service or sign up for 1 hour or more at the Belfast Soup Kitchen. FMI or to sign up call 338-1147 at least one week in advance.
The No Greater Love Food Pantry will be open especially for MLK Day on Jan. 17 from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., at 34 Field St, Belfast, at the VFW Hall to accept non-perishable foods.
Sponsored by the MLK Jr. Day Planning Committee. FMI BelfastMLKDay@gmail.com or call 338-5089.