Nearly 700 people gathered at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland Monday night to honor the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The annual celebration, now in its 37th year, brought together civil rights and social justice groups, as well as local and state leaders.
Maine U.S. independent Sen. Angus King gave the opening remarks. King urged the audience to err on the side of action, sharing how he took the day off from work at the age of 19 to join the march in Washington.