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Creighton’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week activities set

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week at Creighton will take place from Jan. 16 through Jan. 21.The life and legacy of Civil Rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will be celebrated at Creighton University with a series of events later this month.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week begins Saturday, Jan. 16 with the sixth annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Teach-in from 1 to 5 p.m., at the Creighton School of Law. This educational program, sponsored by the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Metropolitan Omaha and hosted by the University, will focus on the life and mission of Martin Luther King Jr., and the rich Civil Rights legacy he left.

The 2015 Academy Award-winning film “Selma,” a retelling of King’s Civil Rights work, will screen Sunday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m., in the Hixson-Lied Auditorium at the Harper Center, 602 N. 20th St.

On Monday, Jan. 18, the Courageous Voices Discussion Group holds a noon session in the Harper Center, Room 3028. The forum allows participants to candidly discuss issues of race, social justice and equality.

Also on Jan. 18, the University will honor campus and community leaders with a recognition and awards program in the Hixson-Lied Auditorium at the Harper Center. Award winners will be recognized for their commitment to promoting civic and community ideals in diversity and equality, and for forwarding Creighton’s mission of social justice. The program will begin at 5 p.m.

Among this year’s President’s Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy honorees will be posthumous recognitions for the Rev. Ty and Terri Schenzel, and Frank Peak, Ph.D. The Schenzels were the founders of the Hope Center for Kids. They were killed in a car accident in August. Peak was the longtime director of Creighton’s Community Outreach Services. He died in October.

Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 11:30 a.m., Creighton will host the Unity Prayer Luncheon in the Ahmanson Ballroom at the Harper Center. In the spirit of inclusion and ecumenism, the luncheon provides an opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy as a spiritual leader. The keynote speaker for the luncheon is the Rev. Kenneth Allen, senior pastor at Zion Baptist Church in Omaha.

The week’s events conclude Thursday, Jan. 21 at 11:30 a.m. with Cake and Choir, a musical celebration at the Fireplace Lounge in the Skutt Student Center. Entertainment will be provided by Ava Stovall and Friends and Ken Newburn. Cake will also be served.

All events for Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week are free and open to the public. For more information, visit Creighton’s Martin Luther King Jr. website.

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