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2009.03.18 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Former Gang Member to Speak at UNO March 31

Omaha - Maverick Productions will bring Joey Ray Lucero, an actor from the 2006 movie "Gridiron Gang" and a rehabilitated third generation gang member, to campus March 31. During his presentation, Lucero will share his experience of being a gang member and the strides he made to overcome gang life.

Lucero’s gang prevention presentation will take place 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 31. The event will be held in the Nebraska Room of the Milo Bail Student Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Attendee discretion is advised, as Lucero uses adult language during his presentation.

All youth, youth care professionals, parents and educators are encouraged to attend this special event. Maverick Productions will provide free food.

Convicted at age 12 of murder -- a crime he did not commit -- Lucero has defeated many difficulties in his life-long struggle to overcome gang membership. Lucero is now a representative of the rehabilitative nonprofit organization based out of Los Angeles, Homeboy Industries. As a representative, Lucero strives to set a positive example for America’s youth through preventing gang membership.

For more information on Lucero's presentation, call Justin Loehr at (402) 813-2935.

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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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