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2004.12.20 > For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2243 - email: rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO to Commemorate Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with Jan. 20 Celebration

Omaha - The life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. will be highlighted Thursday, Jan. 20, during a celebration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

This year's celebration will be hosted by Keisha Mathis, a black studies major at UNO, and will include a keynote address by Richard Breaux, assistant professor of black studies and history at UNO.

"It is a day of interracial and intercultural cooperation and sharing. No other day of the year brings so many peoples from different cultural backgrounds together in such a vibrant spirit of brother and sisterhood," said Sharif Liwaru, cultural awareness programs adviser at UNO. "Whether you are African-American, Hispanic or Native American, whether you are Caucasian or Asian-American, you are part of the great dream Martin Luther King Jr. had for America. This is not a black holiday, it is a peoples' holiday."

Tickets go on sale Monday, Jan. 3.  They are $3 for students, $5 for faculty/staff and $7 for the general public.  No tickets will be available at the door.  Tickets can only be purchased in advance from the MBSC Business Office, located on the second floor of the MBSC.  For ticket information, call (402) 554-2981.

"This holiday honors the courage of a man who endured harassment, threats and beatings, and even bombings," Liwaru said.  "We commemorate the man who went to jail 29 times to achieve freedom for others and knew he would pay the ultimate price for his leadership, but kept on marching, protesting and organizing anyway."

The luncheon is sponsored by Cultural Awareness Programs in the Office of Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) at UNO.

For more information, contact Liwaru at (402) 554-2711.

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