April 08, 2020

Belfast candlelight march to honor King

BELFAST — A candlelight march to commemorate the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. will be held in Belfast at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19.

The march will begin in front of the post office at Main and Church streets and end at the Belfast Free Library. A formal program will take place in the library’s Abbott Room. The event is being sponsored by Waldo County for Peace and Justice and the library.

This is the 10th year that a candlelight march has been held in Belfast on Martin Luther King Day. King’s actual birth date is Jan. 15, but it will be celebrated Monday, Jan. 19. The event is for remembering King and other Americans who worked and died to bring about a society where all citizens have equal rights under the U.S. Constitution.

This is the first year the commemoration will be held at the library. Selections from King’s writings and speeches will be read, including his “I Have a Dream” speech. Ando Anderson will lead the group in songs, with accompaniment on his guitar.

The featured speaker, Nathanial Crowley Sr., a Democratic state representative from 1980 to 1992, will talk about his World War II experiences with the black pilots from the Tuskegee Institute.

The 80-year-old Crowley said he will be looking at the historical perspective of equal rights.

For information about the candlelight march, call 338-3142, 338-5470 or 548-6194. Organizers ask that participants dress warmly and bring their own candles. The march will take place regardless of weather.

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