BAR HARBOR – A brisk morning didn’t stop people on Mount Desert Island from celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day outside.
Singing voices and the sound of footsteps filled the streets of Bar Harbor Monday morning as people marched in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
Marchers went around downtown and back to the MDI YWCA.
“Even though the Civil Rights Act was passed in ’64, civil rights is still as much of a prevalent issue today as it was,” said Sabrina Calas.
“It’s wonderful to see so many people come out despite the cold and all just kind of singing and walking,” said Lily Crikelair.
YMCA staff feel it’s important to get some of the youngest residents of MDI involved and kids came out in full force.
The night before the march, the YWCA held a sleepover for young girls to learn about social justice issues, and to make the signs they carried Monday.
“These girls – it surprises me how much they know about social justice,” said Jackie Davidson, the executive director of the MDI YWCA.
“Maybe some people don’t understand the things that are happening in our world today, so if we tell them they will understand them better and maybe be able to help,” said Rosemary Hearn, 10.
The original idea for the march came from a community member.
Now in their fourth year of the annual event organizers said they will be back next year, and that it’s important for people to remember what Martin Luther King Jr. stood for.
Davidson said she wants people to know that MLK’s message was, “not just justice for African American people but for all people. And this renews my energy towards that end every time.”