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2009.07.14 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO Inaugural Documentary Now Available on Cox

Omaha - Omaha - Cox Communication’s local video of demand service now offers a new documentary that highlights the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Black Studies Department’s trip to the Presidential Inaugural earlier this year. “An Inaugural Ride to Freedom: The Legacy of a People, a Movement, and a Mission” premiered during the department’s Malcolm X Festival in April.

The film shows how members of the Black Studies Department and members of the community traveled to Washington D.C. to be present for the inauguration of President Barack Obama last February. The documentary also stresses how buses and transportation were key civil rights issues (Rosa Parks, Freedom Riders, marches on Washington). Omowale Akintunde, chair of Black Studies, directed the film.

Several other award-winning UNO documentaries can also be viewed for free on Cox. This service is provided to all digital cable Cox subscribers in the metropolitan area.

Shows now available on Cox Channel One:

o “If These Walls Could Speak” (a documentary focused on Omaha’s architecture.)

o “Omaha Since World War II” (a program about Omaha in the postwar era.)

o “Madagascar – Conservation vs. Survival” (the film shows the struggle Madagascar faces as it balances feeding a growing population while preserving endangered habitats.)

o “UNO Hockey Tenth Anniversary” (video highlights the major accomplishments of the Mavericks Hockey program.)

In addition to the documentaries, a video short – “UNO 2009 Centennial Celebration” — is also available. The five-minute segment, produced by the University of Nebraska Foundation, first aired at the UNO Centennial Gala in February.

Viewers need to go to Cox Digital Cable channel 1, select “On Demand” and follow the selection prompts. There is no charge to view the documentaries. The Video On Demand offerings from UNO come out of the university’s ongoing Centennial year advertising partnership with the cable system. More documentaries will be made available later this summer.

For more information, call (402) 554-3502.

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