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38th Annual MLK Holiday Observance Celebration

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Holiday Inn Portland - By The Bay

88 Spring Street

Portland, ME 04101

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The 38th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance Celebration will bring hundreds of people together from across the state for a dinner program on Monday, January 21st, at the Holiday Inn By the Bay to honor the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This event, which is one of the largest and most diverse programs held throughout the year, will include remarks by Governor Janet T. Mills along with local speakers of all ages and a keynote address by Naomi Walker, director of the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC.

The program will highlight the importance of volunteerism and recognize those who have devoted their lives to the advancement of civil rights in Maine through community service.

Complimentary childcare, which includes a child-friendly dinner, will be provided for ages 4 to 10 through AmeriCorps Alums. Registration is required. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Jenifer Craven at Jenifer.Craven@americorpsalums.org.

In the spirit of Reverend Dr. King's beloved community, there will be an opportunity for you to actively contribute to our local community as well. Books will be on sale throughout the celebration with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Portland. Additionally, we are collaborating with Maine Senior Corps for their Warm Hearts, Warm Socks program to ensure men, women, and children who are experiencing homelessness have warm socks. Attendees should bring a pair of socks with them of any size to add to our Senior Corps collection.

Please note that this event is a fundraiser to support racial justice efforts and the development of youth leadership in our community. Donations can be made via Eventbrite to help fund this work and to make this year's dinner program available to all who want to attend.

As is tradition, a limited number of complimentary tickets are available to those who express interest on a first-come-first-serve basis. For more information or to request a ticket, please email act@naacp.me.

Tickets will not be sold or held at the door. All attendees are required to print their tickets.

Doors will open with a cocktail reception/cash bar at 5:00 p.m. followed by the dinner program.

For more information, contact act@naacp.me.

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The Fierce Urgency of Now: Race, Economic Justice, and Political Power

"We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there ’is’ a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is the time for vigorous and positive action."

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

Reverend Dr. King used the phrase “the fierce urgency of now“ on two occasions. The first was the "I Have A Dream" speech delivered on August 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial. The second was his "Beyond Vietnam" sermon in April 1967, given at Riverside Church in New York City. It is understood that in both, he is urging society to combine thoughtful analysis with deliberate, meaningful action against systems that oppress our humanity and the self-determination of people everywhere.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, GA, on January 15, 1929. He earned a doctorate degree in theology and, like his father, became a Baptist minister. Married to Coretta Scott King, they led the fight for the equal and humane rights of all. At the age of 39, Reverend Dr. King was tragically assassinated. Three years after his death, in 1971, several cities and states began to mark his birthday and then in 1986, it became a national holiday.

The day before his untimely death, Reverend Dr. King delivered an iconic sermon, "I've Been to the Mountaintop," which was given in support of the striking sanitation workers in Memphis. He was there making plans for the Poor People’s Campaign and a march on Washington that would confront the disparity of wealth in the United States.

The march did take place and the Poor People’s Campaign has been credited with helping to make policy changes and igniting a national discussion on poverty that has brought disenfranchised populations together in the fight for housing; livable wages; jobs; access to health care; and a fair justice system.

This year, our holiday observance is designed to challenge us to move Reverend Dr. King's call to action forward - vigorously and purposefully.

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