Creighton to Celebrate Martin Luther King JR. With "Unity in the Community" Week of Celebrations
"Unity in the Community Week" at Creighton University will celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. The weeklong schedule of events begins Sunday, Jan. 15, with a candlelight vigil at 9:30 p.m. in St. John's Church on the Creighton campus followed by a Diversity Mass at 10 p.m.
- Monday, Jan. 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration from 4-5 p.m. in the Lied Education Center for the Arts. Gospel artist Mimi Redd will perform.
- Tuesday, Jan. 17: Unity Prayer Breakfast with the National Black Catholic Congress at 8 a.m. in the V.J. and Angela Skutt Student Center Mutual of Omaha Ballroom.
- Wednesday, Jan. 18: Gospel Concert from 7-9 p.m. in St. John’s Church. Performances by Purity from St. Mark Baptist Church, Claire Memorial United Methodist Church, Glad Tidings Church, Chad Stoner, and Mimi Redd and friends.
- Thursday, Jan. 19: Student Panel Discussion entitled, “What does Martin Luther King Jr. mean to me?” at 7 p.m. in the V.J. and Angela Skutt Student Center Mutual of Omaha Ballroom.
On Monday, Jan. 16, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., the community is invited to attend a celebration in Creighton's Lied Education Center for the Arts located at 24th and Cass Streets.
Mimi Redd a native of Omaha and a nationally known recording artist will sing during the celebration. She is the featured soloist on the No. 1 selling gospel-released song “Order My Steps” as recorded by the Gospel Music Workshop of American’s Women of Worship.
Redd also will sing at the Gospel Concert on Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in St. John's Church.
Several awards will be presented during the celebration, including the President's Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Awards to community leader Alvin Goodwin and Sister Joan Mueller Ph.D., professor of theology at Creighton University and founder of Project Welcome. The legacy awards are presented to those who have demonstrated a commitment to the ideals of social justice and civil rights.
Goodwin, who recently retired as head of the Omaha Economic Development Corp (OEDC) after 25 years as president and CEO, has been a key person in creating investment in the North Omaha community. Through his leadership the non-profit agency implemented the Kellom Heights Shopping Mall, the implementation faze of the Long School Marketplace commercial development and additional affordable housing developments including the Ville de Sante Senior Housing complex. The OEDC ventures have created more than 100 jobs in northeast Omaha.
Sr. Joan Mueller began "Project Welcome" in 2002 in collaboration with "Operation Others." From there, the program has grown to more than 300 volunteers who help Sudanese families in the Omaha area -- from reading to pre-schoolers to tutoring to fundraising.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Leadership Award is given annually to students who put the ideals of Dr. King into practice. Recipients of the award are involved in activities that promote social justice, peace, religious, racial and cultural harmony. This year’s recipients are Kelly Orbik, for her work with the poor and underserved in Omaha and El Salvador; Tamika Butler, as one of the founding members of the Creighton Students Union Diversity Cabinet and for her work with the University's African American Students Association and the Gay Straight Alliance; and Lynden McGriff, for his work and leadership in the ILAC program in the summer of 2004 and his willingness to serve as coordinator for the upcoming 2006 Summer Health Care program.
In addition, the University sponsored an elementary school and Creighton University poster and essay contest. Winners will be recognized during the ceremony.