Belfast’s 31st annual Martin Luther King Candlelight Walk and community gathering will be held Monday, January 20, at 4:30 p.m. Participants will meet at the Belfast post office and proceed to First Church in Belfast, UCC, 55 Spring Street, for a gathering that will include music, readings from King’s work, and a commemoration of past and current struggles for racial justice.

Keynote speaker Desiree Vargas is a cofounder of Racial Equity & Justice, a group dedicated to education and activism. Vargas identifies as a black, brown and indigenous community member; as a lifelong Maine resident, she understands the challenges of addressing diversity and inclusion in Maine. She is enrolled in Higuayagua: Taino of the Carribean; is lead program coordinator for Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine; an NAACP member; and a member of American Indian Student Organization at the University of Maine.

For more information, phone Meredith Bruskin at 338-5089.