NAACP Portland Branch

Martin Luther King, Jr., Observance 2009

Interfaith Dialogue

Saturday, Jan. 10, 6:00 p.m.
University of New England Ludke Auditirium
Free and open to the public.

Film Screening: Blue Eyed

With a community discussion on racism
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:00)
SPACE Gallery, Portland

Music & Gospel Concert

Featuring Sweet Honey in the Rock
Sunday, Jan. 18, 7:00 p.m.
Merrill Auditorium, Portland

28th Annual Breakfast

Monday, Jan. 19, 8:00 a.m.
Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland


NAACP Portland Branch - MLK Observance

Interfaith Dialogue

The Fierce Urgency of Now

Saturday, Jan. 10, 6:00 p.m.
University of New England Ludke Auditirium
Free and open to the public.

This year’s Interfaith Dialogue will utilize a speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1967 on the power of love, “the supreme unifying principle of life,” to overcome hatred as a basis to discuss racism and prejudice in our community.  Over the past several years, throughout the state, we have been subjected to acts of prejudice, bigotry and hatred including recent incidents that took place after the historic presidential election of Barack Obama.  The Dialogue will address this pattern and ask participants to specifically identify what he or she will do to help interrupt and overcome this in our community.

Film Screening: BLUE EYED

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:00)
SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland
Free and open to the public.

Film and community discussion: We are approaching the inauguration of the first non-white president of the United States, but here in the 21st Century, do we yet have a grasp on how racism functions within our society? SPACE Gallery and the NAACP Portland Branch, with support from the Maine Arts Commission, are partnering for this free screening of the film Blue Eyed, which documents the controversial racial-diversity workshops of Jane Elliott, an internationally-known teacher, lecturer and diversity trainer. Following the film will be a discussion on racism and privilege led by Anne Sibley O'Brien, a children's book author/illustrator, writer and performer who has been involved for many years in diversity education and leadership training.

24th Annual Music & Gospel Concert

Featuring Sweet Honey in the Rock

Sun., Jan. 18, 7:00 p.m.
Merrill Auditorium, Portland

TICKETS: Available online through PortTix or by calling (207) 842-0800.

Presented in association with PCA Great Performances.
The Sweet Honey in the Rock experience is like no other. These six women have inspired audiences for thirty-five years with their spirited call for a more just and humane world. Their glorious voices blend in a mix that celebrates the sacred music of the African-American church – spirituals, gospels, and hymns – as well as the blues, jazz, reggae, doo-wop, and rap. Honoring the eightieth birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King and the hundredth anniversary of the NAACP, Sweet Honey weaves songs, stories, and movement to challenge injustice, encourage activism, and honor love. A community gospel choir featuring Maine singers will open the celebration. With ASL interpreter.

28th Annual Breakfast Celebration

Mon., Jan. 19, 8:00 a.m.
Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland
Followed by a wreath-laying dedication at Monument Square

A small number of tickets are still available and will be sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 7:00 a.m. (last updated: Sunday, Jan. 18, 4:00 pm)

Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $8 for youth 14 and under.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Marc Lamont Hill
Dr. Hill is Assistant Professor of Urban Education and American Studies at Temple University. Since his days as a youth in Philadelphia, Dr. Hill has been a social justice activist and organizer. He is a founding board member of My5th, a non-profit organization devoted to educating youth about their legal rights and responsibilities. Dr. Hill also works closely with the ACLU Drug Reform Project, focusing on drug informant policy. In 2001, he started a literacy project that uses hip-hop culture to increase school engagement and reading skills among high school students. He also continues to organize and teach adult literacy courses for high school dropouts in Philadelphia and Camden.

Willie O’Ree is the National Hockey League’s Director of Youth Development and ambassador for the NHL’s Hockey Is For Everyone diversity program, a post he has held since January 1998. On January 18, 1958, playing for the Boston Bruins against the Montreal Canadiens, he became the first black person to play in the NHL—an extraordinary event that paved the way for future players of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds.

YOUTH PROGRAM: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Beloved Community Youth Program
Presented in association with Maine Interfaith Youth Alliance
Children’s Program:  Ages 4 – 8 
Art program lead by students in the USM Community Art Project
Youth Program:  Ages 9 – 14   
Program utilizing book Something About America with author Maria Testa
RSVP Required.

Other Related Events

Martin Luther King Day Matinee Game!
Special Appearance by Nickelodeon's Diego
Postgame Team Skate and Autograph Session

1:00 p.m., Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland
The Pirates celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a special matinee game at 1:00 pm. Special guests include Willie O'Ree and members of the NAACP. Willie O'Ree was the first Canadian of African descent to play in the NHL and he is currently the Director of Youth Development and Ambassador for Youth Diversity with the NHL. He will be performing the ceremonial puck drop before the game as well as a Autograph & Picture Session during the 2nd Period Intermission.

Nickelodeon character Diego from "Go Diego Go" will make a special appearance at the game and be available for photos.

We encourage fans to stick around after the game, lace up their skates and skate with the team, sponsored by Weight Watchers and Mercy Hospital

The Portland Pirates and NAACP are proud to offer all NAACP Members, their families and friends the ability to purchase $10.00 Best Available tickets (Regulary Priced $17.00) to this game.  For more information, call Account Executive Scott Jordan at (207) 828-4665 Extension 333.

University of New England 22nd Annual MLK, Jr. Celebration

Forty-six years later, Barack Obama is inaugurated the first U.S. African-American president. While campaigning for office, he too reminded America of the “fierce urgency of now” and stated this as a defining moment in our history. As part of the 2009 annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, UNE will explore how far we have come as a democracy since MLK, Jr.’s life and legacy and where Dr. King’s “dream” stands today. It is a time to celebrate, a time to reflect, a time for transformation, and a time for action.

University Campus Events
11 Hills Beach Road, Biddeford

UC Keynote: Carlos Munoz, Jr., Ph.D.
“From Dr. King to President Obama: A Call for an Authentic Multiracial Democracy”
Wednesday, Jan. 21 | 12:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Rooms, Campus Center, UC

“Obama: MLK, Jr.’s “Dream” Realized or Not?”
MLK, Jr. Student Task Force Discusses
Facebook Social Experiment
Wednesday, Jan. 21 | 8:00 p.m.
St. Francis Room, Library, UC

Westbrook College Campus Events
716 Stevens Avenue, Portland

“Freedom Place Collection”
Gallery Discussion and Opening Reception
Friday, Jan. 16 | UNE Art Gallery, WCC
“The African American Tradition in Art” Discussion
Artist Robert Freeman and Collectors Stuart
and Ambassador Julia Chang Block | 4:00 p.m.
Opening Reception | 5:00 p.m.

WCC Keynote: Ruby Nell Sales
“I Too Sing America” – The Arts as a Metaphor for Healing and Social Movement
Wednesday, Jan. 28 | 12:00 p.m.
Ludcke Auditorium, WCC

“The Songs Are Free”
Film and Facilitated Discussion with Ruby Sales
Wednesday, Jan 28 | 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Cahner’s Lounge, WCC