After a one year hiatus, the annual Martin Luther King Junior Breakfast was held at the University of Maine.
It was put on by a different organization this year, but the focus remains the same.
The Maine Human Rights Coalition took up the task of hosting the breakfast this year. The keynote speaker had been in Orono for previous years and he would like to see more people attend and turn this day into a day of action.
“Without anybody doing anything on this day it means that ultimately it becomes nothing more than another sales day in America. Look at the President’s Day that we currently have,” said Reverend Dr. Forrest M. Pritchett. “People do look forward to going out shopping and getting great bargains. So let’s hope and pray that through our emphasis to emphasize a day on in community action in programming and conferencing, and the networking that will lay a sturdy foundation that won’t be corroded by commercialism.”
For the Coalition’s President James Varner the resumption of the breakfast will give people a chance to ask what can still be done. “I am thankful of this day that we have to help people to pause and think for a moment that hey Dr. King died for a better world and what is my responsibility.”
Those on hand believe while five decades have passed since Dr. King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech that history has shaped today and Dr. Pritchett believes it will continue to impact the future. “The Civil Rights Movement I believe from the 60’s through the 70’s has provided the model for change that this country has experienced for many, many groups through the 80’s, through the 90’s, and now into the 21st century, so that there is an enduring legacy and that there is a legacy I will believe that should be manifested again throughout the next fifty years.”