This year Lincoln Academy will join other local organizations in the Midcoast Coalition Against Racism to honor Martin Luther King weekend. Adding to the list of community events organized by other churches and organizations in the region, Lincoln Academy will host two event and take a lead role in a third.
On Friday, January 12 as a kick off to Martin Luther King Weekend, the Lincoln Academy Community Meeting will be devoted to a discussion of race and culture. This meeting, which takes place during the regularly-scheduled all-school assembly on Friday morning, will include participation by students on the school’s Civil Rights Team and a talk by guest speaker Danielle Conway, the USM Dean of the University of Maine School of Law. Conway will speak to students about race and implicit bias in the US. The Community Meeting starts at 7:50 am in the LA gym, and is open to the public. Chairs will be set up to accommodate visitors at this special MLK-themed assembly.
On Monday January 15, the day of the National Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Lincoln Academy student volunteers will join members of Lincoln County Baha’i Faith to offer a local day of service. On this day volunteers will offer their services to anyone who needs help with household chores, technical assistance, or other work. Past projects have included snow shoveling, packing up Christmas decorations, computer help, running errands, and stacking wood. Members of the public who have a need, or know someone who has a need for volunteer help on January 15, can call the Lincoln Academy front desk at 563-3596 ext. 103 or email Alpha Sigma Gamma advisor Thomas Kothe at firstname.lastname@example.org, and give the details of the job they need done and their contact information. Requests for services will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
On Friday, January 26 Lincoln Academy will host a free screening of the 2014 movie Selma in Poe Theater. The movie will show at 6pm and be followed by a facilitated discussion after with Roland Davis, Harvard University’s Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, and Megan Taft, M.Ed, who coordinates the Kieve-Wavus Leads program, an expeditionary based mentoring initiative for local students.
These events are part of a community wide effort by the Coalition Against Racism, which will be hosting events throughout the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. Partner organizations include: Lincoln Theater, Second Congregational Church, Midcoast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, the Midcoast Society of Friends, and the Baha’i Faith. More information about community events can be found on the poster above.