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Creighton’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Honors Leaders, Features Speaker

Creighton’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Honors Leaders, Features Speaker

"The Dream Continues…Celebrating, Community, Creighton" 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 and remarks by Creighton president, the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S. J., at 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 18; a unity prayer luncheon with keynote speaker the Rev. Leroy Adams, Jr.; Senior Pastor Morning Star Baptist Church at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20; a noon concert on Friday, Jan. 22, and a concert that evening with Daniel Davis, acclaimed young violinist. All events take place on campus and are free and open to the public.

Additional details on each event are listed below:

  • Monday, Jan. 18, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Mike and Josie Harper Center for Student Life and Learning, Hixson-Lied Auditorium, 602 N. 20th St. The community is invited to attend the celebration, which will include remarks by Creighton president, the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S. J., a presentation of community and student 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 Mike Saklar, executive director, Siena/Francis House, whose zeal and advocacy for the homeless and commitment to the underserved has manifested itself throughout his life not only in his current job but through board leadership, community involvement and activism. Other awards include Student Leadership Awards, given annually to Creighton students who put the ideals of Dr. King into practice.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 20, Unity Prayer Luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. with inspirational speaker the Rev. Leroy E. Adams Jr., Senior Pastor of Morning Star Baptist Church. Adams was the 2009 recipient of the African American Leadership Award, Urban League of Omaha and is actively engaged in state and community events. He has established several Omaha area involvement conferences, an annual summer city-wide youth lock-in and served as the coordinator of Concerned Clergy of North Omaha. The event, co-sponsored by the National Black Catholic Conference, will be held in the Harper Center Ahmanson ballroom.

  • Friday, Jan. 22, cake and choir concert at noon at the V.J. and Angela Skutt Student Center. This musical celebration features cake and gospel music performed by local artists and musicians.

  • Friday, Jan 22, musical tribute with nationally acclaimed violist, Daniel Davis, from 5- 6 p.m.at the Ballroom at the Skutt Center. Davis has been playing the violin since the age of 12 and has received numerous awards including winning the Air Force’s Talent Search. He plays gospel, hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, Christian and R&B music and is classically trained in both the violin and guitar.