Martin Luther King III, right, the son of Martin Luther King Jr., accompanied by his wife Arndrea Waters King, left, both with the Drum Major Institute, speaks during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Washington, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. Credit: Andrew Harnik / AP

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I am a Portland resident who loves and supports local journalism. I am writing to express my disappointment in the edited speech given by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that was printed last week by the Bangor Daily News and on past anniversaries as well. I know that many people in the community, especially our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) residents have also reached out about the flagrant editing of his speech. I implore you to listen to our fellow neighbors and understand why it is harmful to publish the speech in the ways that you have.

Maine has some great activists and organizations (Maine People’s Alliance, who happens to have a location in the city of Bangor) who continue to advocate for the rights of the BIPOC community and they can be a great resource to understand and learn from this experience.

Michelle Brosseau