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2007.01.09 > For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2243 - email: rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu

MLK Jr. Legacy to Be Recognized with Jan. 15 Day of Service

Omaha - The life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. has been celebrated at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) for many years. Beginning this year, UNO Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) is hosting a Day of Service in honor of Dr. King on his birthday, Monday, Jan. 15.

In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the King holiday as a national day of volunteer service. Instead of a day off from work or school, Congress asked Americans of all backgrounds and ages to celebrate Dr. King's legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action.

"The King Day of Service brings together people who might not ordinarily meet, breaks down barriers that have divided us in the past, leads to better understanding and ongoing relationships, and is an opportunity to recruit new volunteers for your ongoing work," said Sharif Liwaru, cultural awareness programs adviser at UNO.

Everyone is invited to volunteer. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the Wesley House, located at 2001 N. 35th St. Lunch and an "MLK Day of Service" shirt will be provided for those who sign up.

For more information, contact Liwaru at (402) 554-2711. Those interested in doing something to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are invited to sign up by clicking on this link: MLK Day of Service. http://my.mlkday.gov/public/OrganizationDetail.aspx?TypeList=Projects&projectId=294

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