Welcome

to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission
website for City of Portland, Maine.  

Contact Us at: mlkcommission@portlandmaine.gov

This site has been created in order to provide specific information on the courageous and profound life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and to keep you informed about the on-going development of a permanent memorial being created in his honor.  It is our sincere hope that this material will also nurture a better appreciation of the complexity, genius, and legendary public ministry that was central to his life.

The process for establishing the memorial and related educational initiatives is just beginning.  We welcome your participation and extend an invitation to you for any ideas, areas of expertise that you can contribute, stories of inspiration or creative ways in which the memorial can be best expressed for our city.

In the words of Charles Johnson, a National Book Award winner and co-author of King: The Photobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., “How soon we forget that King was not only a civil rights activist, but also this country’s preeminent moral philosopher, a spiritual aspirant, a father and husband, and that these diverse roles – these multiple dimensions of his too brief life – were the foundations for his singular “dream” that inspired millions worldwide.” 

Here now, we get to understand Martin Luther King, Jr. in all his aspects: as husband and father, powerful preacher, courageous leader of the civil rights movement, martyr for the cause of racial justice, and finally American icon.

Thank you for your interest and support for this extraordinary journey the city of Portland will take to commemorate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Contact Us

Please contact the City of Portland, Maine 04102 Room 208 at (207) 874-8685 or email mlkcommission@portlandmaine.gov for more information. 

We are not makers of history. We are made by history.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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