maine Attorney general, Penobscot Nation ambassador, state representatives, racial justice consultant

MLK Day panel to discuss ‘The State of Civil Rights in Maine’

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    Maine’s attorney general and four other individuals with differing personal and professional perspectives will address the topic “The State of Civil Rights in Maine” as part of eastern and central Maine’s 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

    The free online event will be livestreamed Monday, Jan. 17, from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m., on YouTube. The MLK Day celebration is co-sponsored by the Greater Bangor Area Branch NAACP and the University of Maine Alumni Association.

    Aaron Frey, who, as attorney general, is the state’s chief civil rights enforcement official, will open the main part of the program with formal remarks about the event’s theme. Following his remarks, Frey will be joined by four others for a conversation about the topic. The other four are: Maulian Dana of Indian Island, Penobscot Nation Tribal ambassador; State Rep. Richard Evans, a medical doctor from Dover-Foxcroft; David Patrick of Bangor, a racial equity and justice educator and consultant; and State Rep. Rachel Talbot Ross of Portland, the assistant majority leader of the Maine House of Representatives.

    Dana and Talbot Ross co-chair Maine’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations.

    Opening remarks will be presented by Joan Ferrini-Mundy, president of the University of Maine and the University of Maine at Machias; Michael Alpert, president of the Greater Bangor Area Branch NAACP; and Jojo Oliphant, a member of the University of Maine Alumni Association’s board of directors.

    Visit for details on accessing the event on YouTube.


    About the University of Maine: The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's land grant, sea grant and space grant university, with a regional campus at the University of Maine at Machias. UMaine is located on Marsh Island in the homeland of the Penobscot Nation. UMaine Machias is located in the homeland of the Passamaquoddy Nation. As Maine's flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is the state's only public research university and among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast. It attracts students from all 50 states and 81 countries. UMaine currently enrolls 11,989 undergraduate and graduate students, and UMaine Machias enrolls 747 undergraduates. Our students have opportunities to participate in groundbreaking research with world-class scholars. UMaine offers more than 100 degree programs through which students can earn master's, doctoral or professional science master's degrees, as well as graduate certificates. UMaine Machias offers 18 degree programs. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide to conserve energy, recycle and adhere to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine and UMaine Machias, visit and

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    Mon, 01/17/2022 - 9:30am to 10:45pm

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