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MLK Jr. Celebration Week events slated at Creighton

MLK 2019Creighton University’s annual celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., will take place Jan. 18 through Jan. 23, featuring performances, recognition, education and food and faith-filled events throughout the week.

Freedom & Famine is the theme for the 2019 MLK Jr. Celebration Week, focusing on the mission and hardship, the trials and the triumph that dotted Dr. King’s ministry and life.

This year’s celebration begins with Cake and Choir, a beloved tradition often staged at the conclusion of the week, now taking the opening act, Jan. 18 at 11:30 a.m. at the fireplace in the Skutt Student Center.

Also Jan. 18, the Creighton School of Law and the Black Law Students Association hosts a panel with city, county and state officials exploring challenges and opportunities faced by African American elected officials. Among those taking part in the panel are the Hon. Chris Rodgers, BA’92, MBA’99, of the Douglas County Commissioners, the Hon. Benjamin Gray of the Omaha City Council, and the Hon. Justin Wayne, BSBA’03, JD’05, of the Nebraska Legislature. The panel will convene between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in Room 124 of the Ahmanson Law Center.

Sunday, Jan. 20, the Unity Worship Service will begin at 6 p.m. at Salem Baptist Church, 3131 Lake St., sponsored by the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance.

The 2019 Martin Luther King Luncheon and Scholarship Ceremony will take place between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 21, at the Hilton Omaha, 1001 Cass St. Sponsored by the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance for more than 30 years, the luncheon and scholarship ceremony honors local and national civil rights leaders. This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Diane Nash, a veteran of the Freedom Rides and the Selma Voting Rights Campaign.

Tickets for the luncheon are $50 per person ($55 day of event), and can be ordered https://www.eventbrite.com/e/martin-luther-king-luncheon-2019-sponsored-by-the-alliance-ima-tickets-52436942306https://www.eventbrite.com/e/martin-luther-king-jr-unity-prayer-luncheon-tickets-53062059047here.

Later Jan. 21, Nash will sit down for a conversation with Creighton students, faculty and staff at 3 p.m., in the Hixson-Lied Auditorium at the Harper Center, 602 N. 20th St., on the Creighton campus. Register for the event here.

Tuesday, Jan. 22, a student recognition ceremony will take place in the Ahmanson Ballroom of the Harper Center at 6 p.m. The week rounds out with the Jan. 23 Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Prayer Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Ahmanson Ballroom of the Harper Center.

The luncheon caps a celebratory week with a reminder of the call to inclusion and fellowship that was central to the message and teachings of Dr. King. The Drum Major Award, given to an individual who serves as an advocate for social justice, will be awarded at the luncheon.

This year’s keynote speaker is Bishop Eric L. Butler, founder and pastor of Joy of Life Ministries in Omaha. Register here for the MLK Jr. Luncheon.

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