MLK Diversity Day 

For most kids, Monday, January 18 is a day off from school.But some University of Maine students put on a program at the Bangor Mall to make sure young people took some time to reflect on what Martin Luther King Junior Day is really all about.”We’re here to collaborate with the children and show them what is the meaning behind Martin Luther King’s Dream.”This is MLK Diversity Day sponsored by two University of Maine organizations, the Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism, and the Office of Multicultural Programs, with help from some U-Maine athletes too.They invited area students in grades three through five to join them, for a day on, not a day off.”Today, having a day on is giving these students a chance to think abut this man and the meaning and the importance of who he is and how he has impacted our society.”Dr. King first impacted our society, decades before these kids were even born, so how much do they know about him?”That he was famous because he wanted peace in the world.”That’s what organizers are building on, a legacy of peace, diversity, equality, compassion and community.The kids got some lessons about those concepts through games, and puppet shows. They even got to work with clay to shape their own dream.One little girl decided to make an alien.”For diversity day he comes in peace.”Times have certainly changed since the civil rights movement of the 60’s, but the ideas still strike a cord today.”How much it’s still important to consider these things for today because there’s so much more to be done.”