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2010.01.06 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

MLK Jr. Legacy Recognized with Jan. 18 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 several years. Again this year, the UNO Service-Learning Academy will sponsor a day of service on Monday, Jan. 18, in honor of King's birthday.

UNO students, faculty and staff will volunteer with youth at the following two locations in Omaha:

Turning Point Campus, 3223 N. 45th St.
8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; volunteer orientation begins at 8:30 a.m.

South Omaha Boys and Girls Club, 5051 S. 22nd St.
Noon to 2 p.m.; volunteer orientation begins at noon

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 individuals in the past, leads to better understanding and ongoing relationships. Visit www.mlkday.gov for more information.

For more information, call Shelley Henderson, UNO Service Learning Academy, at (402) 554-3268.

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