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Creighton Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. With Week of Activities

 "The Dream Continues … Celebrating, Community, Creighton" is the theme of a week-long series of events which will be held at Creighton University to celebrate 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. 17, and continues with a unity prayer luncheon with keynote speaker the Rev. Maurice Watson, senior pastor of Beulahland Bible Church, Macon, Ga. at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 19; a noon concert on Friday, Jan. 21; and campus table talks throughout the week.

Friday, Jan. 21, Creighton, in collaboration with the City of Omaha and various community partners, will host the concluding event of a week of city-wide events celebrating the man, remembering the movement and promoting action. “Honoring the Legacy: Take Action Now!” will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Lied Education Center for the Arts. All events take place on campus and are free and open to the public.

Additional details on individual events:

  • Monday, Jan. 17, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration - 4 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.

Award presentations will include the President's Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award to the Rev. Everett Reynolds and Karen Jenkins, Ph. D., posthumously.

Reynolds served for six years as president of the Omaha branch of the National Association of Colored People (NAACP); past president of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance; and minister and civil-rights leader for more than 46 years. He organized civil rights protests, warned against racial profiling, endorsed a federal clean-up of lead-contaminated yards in east Omaha, and much more.


Jenkins, a former assistant professor at Creighton University’s Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, graduated from Creighton in 1983 with a degree in journalism. She obtained master’s and doctorate degrees at other institutions, and made it her life’s work to pursue opportunities in peace building and conflict resolution. Jenkins studied peace-building in Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Haiti and Italy. She was a well-known presenter, trainer and group facilitator as well as a real estate investor.

Other awards include Student Leadership Awards, given annually to Creighton students who put into practice the ideals of Dr. King.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 18, Table Talks, 11:30 a.m., Harper Center, Rooms 3027, 3023 B.
  •  Wednesday, Jan. 19, Unity Prayer Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., with inspirational speaker the Rev. Maurice Watson, Senior Pastor of Beulahland Bible Church, Macon, Ga. Watson has been a pastor for nearly 30 years in Little Rock, Ark., Omaha and Georgia. He was ordained at the age of 18 and later earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Philander Smith College in Little Rock, a master’s degree in theology from Creighton University and a doctor of ministry degree from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Ala. The event, co-sponsored by the National Black Catholic Conference, will be held in the Harper Center Ahmanson Ballroom.
  • Thursday, Jan. 20, Table Talks, 9 p.m., St. John’s Church, basement. • Friday, Jan. 2, 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 21, Creighton hosts city-wide celebration observing the 25th anniversary of the King federal holiday declaration. Keynote speaker will be Jeff Henderson, New York Times best-selling author, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, Food Network television personality and award-winning chef. Henderson will share his triumphant story of change and the power of potential. The event is free to the public and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. at the Lied Education Center for the Arts.

    For more information on other city of Omaha events visit http://www.cityofomaha.org/MLKcelebration .