MLK Day events planned in Portland, Freeport

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PORTLAND — The legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 50th anniversary of his assassination will be observed at events in Portland and Freeport.

Martin Luther King Day is Monday, Jan. 15. King was killed in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968. 

On Friday, Jan. 12, a reading and question-and-answer session called “The Task Before Us,” with four University of Southern Maine Stonecoast faculty members, will be presented at the Harraseeket Inn, 162 Main St., Freeport.

In Portland, an interfaith service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at the First Parish Church, 425 Congress St.

On Jan. 15, the annual MLK Holiday Dinner will be held at Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St. at 5 p.m. Featured speakers will be Marc Mauer and Andrea James; Mauer is executive director of The Sentencing Project, and James is a founding executive director of The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls.

Tickets will not be sold at the door, but can be bought online at