Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Community Forums to be held in Portland

Please join the City of Portland and the Martin Luther  King, Jr. Commission for two public forums in February. The first will take place on February 11, 2010 at the Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, and the second on February 25, 2010 at Shaarey Tphiloh Synagogue, 76 Noyes Street, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

The purpose of these forums is to engage with the public and stakeholders to keep you informed about the on-going development of a permanent memorial being created in his honor. It is our sincere hope that this material will also nurture a better appreciation of the complexity, genius, and legendary public ministry that was central to his life.

The process for establishing the memorial and related educational initiatives is just beginning. We welcome your participation and extend an invitation to you for any ideas, areas of expertise that you can contribute, stories of inspiration or creative ways in which the memorial can be best expressed for our city.

In the words of Charles Johnson, a National Book Award winner and co-author of “King: The Photobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., “How soon we forget that King was not only a civil rights activist, but also this country’s preeminent moral philosopher, a spiritual aspirant, a father and husband, and that these diverse roles –- these multiple dimensions of his too brief life -– were the foundations for his singular “dream” that inspired millions worldwide.”

Here now, we get to understand Martin Luther King, Jr. in all his aspects: as husband and father, powerful preacher, courageous leader of the civil rights movement, martyr for the cause of racial justice, and finally American icon.

Thank you for your interest and support for this extraordinary journey the city of Portland will take to commemorate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Please contact the City of Portland, Maine at (207) 874-8685 or email mlkcommission@portlandmaine.gov for more information.

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