Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans. The Portland Branch is one of three branches of the NAACP in Maine, including the Bangor Branch and the Maine State Prison Branch.

Forty-seven years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King gave the last speech he would ever give in his revolutionary life.

The NAACP around the country is fighting for the confirmation of Loretta Lynch. She has the unique qualifications to be both fair and tough, and we have high hopes for her as our nation’s top law enforcement official. We must ‪#ConfirmLynch.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. HOLIDAY OBSERVANCE
2015 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

WE WHO BELIEVE IN FREEDOM CANNOT REST

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7
FILM & DISCUSSION
EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL
SPACE GALLERY
7:00 P.M. Doors Open/7:30 P.M. Film
$8 general admission/$6 Students
http://www.space538.org/

How does a 16-year-old evolve into a bank robber?

In Evolution of a Criminal, filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe explores what led him to pull a heist as a teenager in Texas, and returns to the scene of the crime. By interviewing family members, close friends, and mentors, we learn about his transformation from a joyous childhood to the moment he realized the severity of his family’s financial problems, and how their struggles changed his outlook on his own life. Returning to his neighborhood several years after the crime, Monroe creates an incredibly intimate and personal journey of reflection and forgiveness while beautifully examining lower class struggles, the desperation of a teen under pressure, and the emotional impact that rippled in the aftermath of that day. Film will be followed by video Q&A with the filmmaker.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 16
ANNUAL MUSIC & GOSPEL CONCERT
MERRILL AUDITORIUM
7:00 – 9:00 P.M.
$12 general admission/$17 day of the show
Tickets available at www.porttix.com or Merrill Auditorium Box Office

This family-friendly annual concert will feature freedom, roots, and gospel music with performances by local award-winning singer songwriter Samuel James and the Green Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. An exceptional opening performance by the Knightlife Ensemble and King Middle School Chorus along with a closing song to include all performers should not be missed! No other concert like this takes place in the state so please join us for an inspiring, joyful event that will bring our beloved community together in song and spirit. Help us to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17
ANNUAL MLK COMMUNITY DIALOGUE
MY BROTHER’S KEEPER COMMUNITY CHALLENGE SUMMIT
USM ABROMSON COMMUNITY CENTER
9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Program
Participation is Limited

Earlier this year, the White House launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people are able to reach their full potential. Through this initiative, President Obama issued a challenge – a call to action - to cities across the country to become “MBK Communities.” These communities would align resources needed to enact sustainable change through policy, programs and partnerships. In September 2014, the City of Portland became one of the first cities in the nation to accept the challenge. Mayor Michael Brennan, working in partnership with the NAACP Portland Branch, ConnectEd and a diverse group of community members, has begun to work on this community-driven effort. The summit, a half-day event, is designed to bring stakeholders and leaders together to assess local needs and assets, determine priorities, and set concrete goals. Participation is limited. For more information, contact Rachel Talbot Ross at (207) 874-8689 or email rtr@portlandmaine.gov

MONDAY, JANUARY 19
34TH ANNUAL MLK HOLIDAY BREAKFAST CELEBRATION
8:00 – 11:00 A.M.
Children’s Program: $17 per person
Breakfast Celebration at the Holiday Inn by the Bay: $35 per person
Breakfast tables of 8 or 10 seats available at nonprofit and corporate rates
Ad space in breakfast program booklet available

Hundreds of people will gather from around the state to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at this annual breakfast celebration. This celebration is one of the largest and most diverse family-friendly events held throughout the year in the state and one of the largest in New England. The program will feature a keynote address, music, and a youth performance with special recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The theme for this program, "We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest," is taken from the lyrics of Ella's Song written by Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock. The song was written about famed civil and human rights leader Ella Baker. Given Ms. Baker's role in the NAACP and work with Dr. King, it seemed particularly appropriate to remember her famous words as our nation grapples with issues of race and justice, and we are called to renew our commitment once again to the principles of freedom.

A program for children ages 6 – 13 will take place at the same time as the breakfast celebration. It includes the viewing of the film Our Brother Martin with an opportunity to contribute a patch to the Portland Freedom Quilt, add to our community mural, experience yoga and dance session, play musical instruments, and/or take some personal time to read a book about Dr. King in our book corner.

All welcome!
Please join us!

There is still time to place a commemorative ad in the printed breakfast program booklet. Email rtalbotross@gmail.com for more information and pricing.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE 2015 MLK HOLIDAY OBSERVANCE EVENTS:
Contact the NAACP Portland Branch at (207) 553-5851 or email rtalbotross@gmail.com

Our Mission

The NAACP is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with a mission to ensure the economic, political, and social rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and discrimination.

First established in Maine in the 1920s, there are now three branches in operation: Greater Bangor Area, the Maine State Prison located in Warren, and Portland.

The NAACP Portland branch is the oldest and proudly celebrating its 51st anniversary.

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
NAACP Portland Branch
510 Cumberland Avenue
Portland, ME 04101

Phone: (207) 553-5851




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