Tuesday, 15 January 2019 11:20

Human rights group to observe MLK's birthday

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OLD TOWN - The late Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is on Tuesday and while the federal holiday will be observed on Jan. 21, the Maine Human Rights Coalition will hold a vigil Tuesday night in honor of the civil rights movement leader.

A local civil rights advocate said progress has been made during the 51 years since King was assassinated but there is still a long way to go.

 

"You're seeing more people of color getting jobs. You know, it's wide open as far as the different jobs they're able to get," said James Varner of the human rights group.

 

Tuesday night's vigil begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Town United Methodist Church.