This year Lincoln Academy will join the Midcoast Coalition Against Racism to honor Martin Luther King. Following their successful collaboration last year, LA and People United Against Racism are again inviting the community to participate in a series of events during MLK weekend.

On Friday, January 18, 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, performances by Lincolnaires and the 5 O’Clock Jazz Combo, and a keynote speech by Shanna Bellows, the Executive Director of the Maine Center for the Holocaust and Human Rights. 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 21, on the National Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Lincoln Academy student volunteers will join community members on local service projects. Volunteers will gather at the Second Congregational Church in Newcastle at 9 am and be dispatched to service projects throughout the county. Community members are encouraged to show up ready to volunteer.

Service projects will be followed by an anti-racism vigil at noon in Veterans Memorial Park, a free screening of the movie Green Room at Lincoln Theater at 2 pm, and an MLK service for the community at 7 pm at the Second Congregational Church.

Partner organizations for the MLK weekend 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.