“Unity in the Community” Theme of Martin Luther King Jr. Weeklong Celebration at Creighton University
"Unity in the Community Week" at Creighton University will celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. The weeklong schedule of events begins at 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 14, with a mass and prayer for unity and peace in St. John's Church on the Creighton campus.
- Monday, Jan. 15 -- Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Lied Education Center for the Arts, located at 24th and Cass streets. The community is invited to attend the celebration. Creighton University freshman Jamal Jackson will sing the Black National Anthem as well as provide a welcome and introductions.
Several awards will be presented during the celebration, including the President's Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award to U.S. Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) and Creighton’s Stop Intimate Violence Committee. Other awards include a Student Leadership Award, which is given annually to students who put the ideals of Dr. King into practice and the University’s newest honor, the Campus Legacy Award.
In addition, winners of a university-sponsored elementary school poster and essay contest will be recognized during the ceremony.
Other activities include:
- Tuesday, Jan. 16 -- Unity Prayer Luncheon with the National Black Catholic Congress at 11:30 a.m. in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom.
- Creighton University Historian Dennis Mihelich Ph.D., and Jeff Smith, Ph.D., professor of history at Bellevue University will present "Before Martin Luther King: Omaha, Creighton and the actual origins of the civil rights movement" at 7 p.m. in the Skutt Student Center, room 104.
- Thursday, Jan. 18 -- Gospel concert from 7 to 9 p.m. in Rigge Science, room 120.