While Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated across the University of Maine campus in a variety of ways — most notably the lack of classes — one staple of MLK Day won’t be taking place.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, which is planned by the Greater Bangor Area NAACP and usually hosted by UMaine, won’t take place this year, according to the Bangor Daily News.
The main reason, according to the BDN, was that a number of the organization’s members were occupied by November’s presidential election. By the time election season ended, there wasn’t enough time to put together an adequate MLK Breakfast.
“The people that were primarily involved in making sure [the breakfast] transpired every year got involved in some other activities, Bob Talbot, an executive committee member at the NAACP Bangor chapter, told the BDN.
The chapter’s board tried unsuccessfully to hold several meetings, which didn’t draw a quorum because of its members’ other endeavors.
The Bangor Area NAACP acting President George Mathis has been traveling through New England since November, according to the BDN, and is on his way back to Maine. He told the paper that the chapter would start planning for next year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast earlier in the year and hopes to bring it back to UMaine.
UMaine is still planning on holding a series of children’s activities that focus on diversity and the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Old Town-Orono YMCA from noon-3:30 p.m. UMaine students, AmeriCorps Service members and community members will lead activities, and all children that attend will receive a free T-shirt.