The 28th annual Unity Luncheon was held in downtown Omaha on Monday, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance hosted the event at the Omaha Hilton Hotel.
Several awards were handed out, including one that went to Omaha North High School Guidance Counselor Chris Wiley. He was honored for his work to inspire students to seek a higher education.
Among those attending the luncheon was Nebraska State Senator Brenda Council. She said, “The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior is probably more relevant today that at any other time in recent history because so much of what his message and movement was about, and the speech that I'm most familiar with and that I relate to most often is the speech entitled, ‘The Other America.’ That's what we see right now, the other America.”
Council also drew a comparison of Dr. King’s movement to the modern day Occupy Movement. She said, “Dr. King advocated was massive, militant, non-violent protest and that's what you see occurring in this country today. I think it's time for government and institutions to step back and realize that people resort to the types of protest that is being engaged in when the government doesn't listen to them.”