A week-long series of events at Creighton University will celebrate the life and legacy of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The city and county employees honored him on Friday.
On Friday, city and county leaders gathered to honor those who continue Dr. King's legacy.
Officer Kenneth Fox and Kimberly Ward with Douglas County Corrections work release were honored.
Keynote speaker Mark Foxall with Douglas County Corrections told the audience: "I remember the day after he was killed, walking to school. 24th and Wirt. I remember with my friends about who would be our leader. What would we do? We had no feeling at the time. But the leadership was not within Dr. King but within us."
Creighton University will be collecting nonperishable food items and freewill monetary donations throughout the week to benefit the Heart Ministry Center.
All events are free and open to the public.
The week kicks off Saturday, Jan. 17, with the fifth annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Teach-in from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Ahmanson 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.
Monday, Jan. 19, the Martin Luther King Jr. Courageous Voices program takes place. This event is a forum where participants can candidly discuss social justice and equality. The conversation will take place from noon to 1 p.m., in room 3029 in the Mike and Josie Harper Center.
Several individuals and organizations from the campus community and the greater Omaha area will be honored Monday, Jan. 19 in a recognition ceremony from 4 to 5 p.m. 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.
The Unity Prayer Luncheon will take place Wednesday, Jan. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 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. The keynote speaker for the luncheon is the Rev. Dr. Selwyn Q. Bachus, senior pastor at Salem Baptist Church in Omaha.
A musical celebration, Cake and Choir, will round out the week's events on Thursday, Jan. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Skutt Student Center. This intimate concert will feature gospel music performed by Ava Stovall and friends, Ken Newburn and Chad Stoner, with cake provided.