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USM's Jalali speaks at ceremony honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

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Reza Jalali, a USM Honors lecturer and author, spoke at a Farmington ceremony honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Jalali asked attendees at the Farmington Area Ecumenical Ministry at Old South Congregational Church to build bridges rather than walls.

“The world is meant to be celebrated, Jalali said. “Eat chocolate. Lots of it! Dance, sing and cry but not alone,” Jalali said. “Be kind. Introduce yourself to Muslims, build bridges with neighbors who are different from you. Stand up to tyranny and pray with conviction.”

His address was covered by reporter Pam Harnden in a story published by the Livermore Falls Advertiser and the Sun Journal.