Students Speak at Peace & Justice Center’s MLK Celebration, BDN Reports

The Bangor Daily News reported several University of Maine students were part of a panel discussion at the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. The four members of the panel discussed being young and black today and cited experiences both on and off campus, according to the article. The panelists were Izundu Ngwu, an international student from Nigeria; Ronald Robbs, an elementary education major and president of the Black Student Union at UMaine; Ogechi Ogoke, a chemical engineering major and president of the UMaine chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers; and Muna Abdullahi, director of Multicultural Student Life on campus. Each stressed the need to achieve King’s dream that people should not be judged by the color of their skin, the article states. “Maine may be one of the whitest places I’ve ever lived, but it also may be one of the most open and accepting places,” Ogoke said. “You are able to grow here as an individual.”