Reclaiming Dr. King's Legacy: MLK Week at Creighton
Schedule of Events
- Wednesday, Jan. 10, 8 a.m.
Unity Prayer Breakfast "Reclaiming Dr. King's Legacy"
Mike and Josie Harper Center, Ahmanson Ballroom
Unity Prayer Breakfast Registration
- Thursday, Jan. 11, 3 p.m.
MLK Panel "Reclaiming the Legacy"
Mike and Josie Harper Center, Hixson-Lied Auditorium
MLK Panel Registration
- Friday, Jan. 12 p.m.
Black Law Student Association (BLSA) Forum "Reclaiming the Dream"
Law School, Room 124
BLSA Forum Registration
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Unity Prayer Breakfast "Reclaiming Dr. King's Legacy" Program
Welcome and Introduction:
- Devin Owens, Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion – Alumni and Corporate Engagement
- Cynthia M. Schmersal, EdD, Vice President, Mission and Ministry
Scholarship Award Presentation:
- Eldaah Asfaw, President, Creighton University African American Student Association
- Daniel Hendrickson, SJ, President of Creighton University
- Jean Stothert, Mayor of the City of Omaha
Drum Major Award Presentation:
- Errik Ejike, Chief Executive Officer, North Omaha Area Health
Introduction of Keynote Speaker:
- Ms. Shawntal Mallory, Esq., Adjunct Professor, Creighton School of Law and President, Creighton National Black Alumni Advisory Board
- Rev. Dwayne Hawkins, Pastor, Antioch Baptist Church
- Cynthia M. Schmersal
- Lift Every Voice (The Black National Anthem)
MLK Panel "Reclaiming the Legacy" Program
- Chris Rodgers, Director of Community and Government Relations, Creighton University
In this discussion, we seek to bring deeper context and understanding to the words, writings and voice of the late Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. PhD.
In the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, America experienced an awakening, in the middle of a pandemic, that brought awareness to terms such as antiracist and structural racism and in addition saw the rebirth in the consciousness for social justice.
Now a little less than three years after his death, American society finds itself in an eerie flashback to a time that sees the return of book bans, restrictions on the teaching of key periods of American history and the elimination of affirmative action in college admissions.
Our panelists will give their perspective on how the teachings of Dr. King have been maligned to misinform selected audiences and how we can move forward in realizing his vision for society.
- Nneka Jones, Second Year, Creighton School of Law
- Nichelle Horton-Brown, MD, President & CEO, Endeveren Family Medicine
- Wayne Brown, President/CEO, Urban League of Nebraska, Inc.
- Oluseyi “Seyi” Olowalafe, Attorney at Law, Olowolafe Law Firm, LLC
- Yvonnda Summers, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Creighton University School of Law