Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Events Around the State

Note: the Maine Council of Churches is not responsible for the accuracy of the information listed below. Please contact the event sponsors with specific questions.

Monday, January 18, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Church, 15 Pleasant St., Brunswick
5th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Pasta Supper
Event raises funds for the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program (MCHPP).
Nonpartisan event organized by the Brunswick Democratic Town Committee
Open to the public. Adults are encouraged to make a donation of $10 per person, and children under the age of 10 eat free.

Wednesday, January 20, 11:15 AM – 1:00 PM
Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main Street
Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon: Racial & Ethnic Diversity in Maine
Speaker: Bethany Edmunds, Community Integration Liaison for Catholic Charities of Maine’s Refugee and Immigration Service Program

Bates College is hosting a variety of events to commemorate the MLK holiday. For a complete list, click here 

Sunday, January 17, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Bates College, Peter J. Gomes Chapel
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Worship Service
Speaker: Author and professor emeritus of Christian social ethics at Princeton Theological Seminary, the Rev. Dr. Peter Paris

Monday, January 18, 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Bates College, Peter J. Gomes Chapel
The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote, “The Half Life of Freedom”
Speaker: William Jelani Cobb, associate professor of history at the University of Connecticut and staff writer for The New Yorker


Events listed below are presented by NAACP Portland Chapter

Friday, January 15, 7:00 PM
Merrill Auditorium
Annual Music and Gospel Concert
General Admission Tickets $12 advance/$17 day of show
Purchase tickets at Porttix or Merrill Auditorium Box Office

Saturday, January 16, 12:15 PM
USM Abromson Community Center
Youth Summit: I Am My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper
Free but preregistration is required: click here to register

Monday, January 18, 5:00 PM
Holiday Inn by the Bay
35th Annual MLK Holiday Celebration
Dinner Program
Tickets $60; children’s program offered
For more information or tickets, click here 

Wednesday, January 27, 7:00 PM
SPACE Gallery, Congress Street
Film and Discussion: More than a Month
Free and open to the public

Sunday, January 17 at 6:00 PM
Colby College, Lorimer Chapel
Multifaith Celebration of the Legacy with Gospel Choir

Monday, January 18 at 3 PM
Colby College, Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
“A History of White People: A Conversation about Race Relations”
Keynote public address by Nell Irvin Painter, Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University

For more information on events being hosted by Colby College, click here

Wednesday, Jan 20th 7:30 – 9 AM
Spectrum Generations Muskie Center, 38 Gold St., Waterville
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast
$8 adults/$3 children under 12
Sponsored by Spectrum Generations and the Waterville Rotary Club
Purchase tickets in advance from a Waterville Rotary Club member or at the Muskie Center
For more information click here

Monday, January 18th, 9:30 – 11:00 AM
St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church
Program: “Faces of Immigration in Maine”
Light breakfast will be served
Sponsored by Winthrop Area Ministerial Association