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2009.01.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

MLK Jr. Legacy Recognized with Jan. 19 Day of Service

Omaha - University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) students, faculty and staff will again celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., by volunteering their time.

The Day of Service takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, in honor of King’s birthday. Students, faculty and staff will volunteer with youth at the following three locations in Omaha:

• Turning Point Campus, 3223 N. 45th St.
• South Omaha Boys and Girls Club, 5051 S. 22nd St.
• Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St.

The Day of Service celebrating King’s life and legacy happens one day before the inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama. Participating youth will learn about these men, better themselves and their own communities, and express themselves through the arts.

Students from UNO will be joined by students from Omaha North High School and the American Red Cross Heartland Chapter’s Youth Council.

To volunteer on Jan. 19, register online at www.unomaha.edu/slareg or call (402) 554-6019. Early registration is highly recommended.

Shuttles will be available between UNO and the three volunteer sites. All volunteers will also receive a free T-shirt and free lunch.

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 King's legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action. Visit www.mlkday.gov for more information.

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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