16th MLK breakfast held in Orono

8:10 PM, Jan 16, 2012   |    comments
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ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day, two important topics were discussed at the 16th annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast in Orono.

    Keynote speaker Dr. Denise Patmon talked about how education is a civil right and examine whether that piece of his dream is being fulfilled today.

    Another speech came from Mount Desert Island High School student Hannah Paradis. Paradis spoke about a racial sensitivity program she helped create when she was in eighth grade at Connors Emerson School in Bar Harbor to help teach middle school students about racial sensitivity.

    "I also like to continue to talk to these people. See maybe we could do things at middle schools or elementary schools because, the younger the kids almost the better for me because I wanna educate kids before they start taking things to the next level and not understanding things before they speak," Paradis said.

        Paradis also wants to teach kids in her community that racial slurs are no laughing matter.

    "I really want to impress people and I really wanna show people that I'm serious about this. And a lot of kids in my community think that a lot of stereotype things are just jokes, but they really aren't," Paradis said.

    This mornings event was presented by the Greater Bangor Area NAACP and the University of Maine.


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