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Creighton’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Features Speaker, Awards, Music

Creighton’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Features Speaker, Awards, Music

 "Unity in the Community--What’s Your Dream?" is the theme of the week-long events being held at Creighton University celebrating the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The celebration begins with award presentations at 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 19. A unity prayer luncheon with keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. Robert Smith Jr. will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21. All events take place on the Creighton campus.

  • Additional details on each event are listed below: Monday, Jan. 19, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Mike and Josie Harper Center, Hixson-Lied Auditorium, 602 N. 20th St. The community is invited to attend the celebration, which will include a presentation of awards and recognition of a University-sponsored elementary school poster and essay contest. Awards being presented during the celebration include the President's Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award to sisters Tessie and Barba Edwards, Omaha natives who have brought their zeal for education, health care management improvement and community involvement to Omaha for more than 50 years. Also receiving a Legacy Award is , Creighton senior Jamal Jackson, who is being honored for his work on the Martin Luther King (MLK) Committee on campus. Jackson is the president of the Creighton University African-American Student Association (CUASA), the Association of Minority Greek Organizations (AMGO) and Diversity Recruitment, Enrichment, and Awareness by Multicultural Students (DREAMS). Other awards include a Student Leadership Award, given annually to students who put the ideals of Dr. King into practice. 
  • Wednesday, Jan. 21, Unity Prayer Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with national speaker and author the Rev. Robert Smith Jr. Smith, the author of “Doctrine that Dances: Bringing Doctrinal Preaching and Teaching to Life,” is the winner of Preaching Magazine’s 2008 Preaching Book of the Year Award. His research interests include the place for passion in preaching, the literary history of African-American preaching, and theologies of preaching. He has spoken at more than 40 universities and serves as professor of Christian Preaching at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University, Birmingham, Ala. The event, co-sponsored by the National Black Catholic Conference, will be held in the Harper Center Ahmanson Ballroom and is free and open to the public.
  •  Friday, Jan. 23 cake and choir concert at noon in the V.J. and Angela Skutt Student Center. Free and open to the public.