The Heartland Celebrates the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

The life of Martin Luther King Jr. was celebrated a number of ways Monday. Some people chose to volunteer and others learned about his powerful legacy.

The “Get on the Bus” mobile museum made its first stop today at 24th and Lake Streets.

Pictures told the story of the civil rights movement in Omaha along with a timeline of important milestones.

John Gatus Jr. spent much of the morning taking in all the information.

“It makes me think about all the struggles that we went through and how much things have changed".

For others the bus serves as an education on important figures in Omaha during the fight for equality.

“"I didn't know Whitney young was from Omaha,” says Deborah Smith-Howell. “I know what he did with the Urban League. I've lived in Omaha 23 years and never knew he was from Omaha.”

Learning was just one way to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Volunteering was another. More than one hundred people came to the Open Door Mission to finish much of the work left over from the holidays.

Operations Manager Cris Morris says the turnout was amazing.

“This the biggest turnout we've had in the three years that we started doing MLK day, so every year it gets just a little bit bigger, a little bit better."

The Timberlake Outreach Center at the shelter was open to volunteers to help organize donations and hang winter coats.

Chad Schuchmann says he looks forward to the holiday so he can volunteer every year.

“He talked a lot about service about making a difference in the life of other people and this is just an opportunity for us to carry out his legacy."

Lacey Mccoi came to help as a reminder of how much can be accomplished when working together.

“I think that he changed this world in huge ways,” says Mccoi. “I think that if we can each give back a little bit we could change the world together."

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