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Portland Students to Participate in MLK Day Events!

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Portland Students to Participate in MLK Day Events!
Posted on 01/11/2016
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Portland Public Schools students will be an integral part of the events this coming weekend to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On Friday, Jan. 15, King Middle School students will perform in the annual MLK Music and Gospel Concert at Merrill Auditorium. On Saturday, Jan. 16, high school students are invited to a Youth Summit titled “I Am My Brother's and Sister's Keeper,” to be held at the University of Southern Maine.

The Youth Summit is based on President Obama’s White House initiative called “My Brother’s Keeper” (MBK), which was launched as a local effort by the City of Portland in 2014. The free event will bring high school students of color and youth allies together to explore the three major milestone areas of the initiative – education, employment and justice – and discuss ideas for action.

The summit will begin at 12:15 p.m. at USM’s Abromson Community Center. Participation is limited so registration is required at bit.ly/MLK-Youth-Summit.

The King Fellows, a youth group working to advance racial equity, will lead this highly interactive gathering, which features a presentation on knowing your legal rights when interacting with law enforcement; learning demographic and economic data related to Portland; breakout sessions; and a discussion with Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling.

The mission of MBK is to “improve the life outcomes of young people of color to ensure that they can reach their full potential, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances into which they are born.”

The specific objectives of the summit are:

• To provide a safe and supportive space for youth of color to engage

• To discuss key issues in education, the economy and justice system for youth of color

• To gain an understanding of demographic and economic data

  To share information on local work being done by youth on racial equity

  To learn about national efforts that address opportunity gaps

• To identify action steps and stakeholders

• To agree on a process to stay connected

The event is organized by the Martin Luther King Jr. Fellows Program with support from the ACLU of Maine, the NAACP Portland Branch, the Portland Public Schools, the University of Maine School of Law and the University of Southern Maine.

The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Music and Gospel Concert at Merrill Auditorium will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15. The annual family-friendly concert aims to bring the community together in song and spirit.

This year's show includes the renowned roots artist, Samuel James; the Women in Harmony Chorus; the Green Memorial Church Chorus; and the King Middle School Knightlife Ensemble and Chorus.

The cost is $10 general admission for tickets purchased in advance; tickets are $15 the day of the show. Tickets are available at www.porttix.com or at the Merrill Auditorium box office.

For those affiliated with the Portland Public Schools, tickets are being offered at the special price of $5. Tickets can be purchased in person at the King Middle School office weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, contact Jeri Levesque at King Middle School at [email protected] or 874-8140.

To learn about other MLK Day events this weekend, visit the website of the NAACP Portland Branch at naacp.me/.