MLK Week events open with Daniel’s keynote

Jan 15th, 2009 | By | Category: Campus News, Issue, January 15, 2009

Educator, poet and advocate Lloyd Daniel was the keynote speaker Jan. 19 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday.

Daniel delivered “The Second Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” during the Chancellor’s Program in the auditorium of the Nebraska Union. Daniel discussed Dr. King’s rise into national leadership, his evolution, greatest contributions and his legacy. The program also included performances by the Afrikan Peoples Union choir and the presentation of the 13th-annual Chancellor’s Fulfilling the Dream awards.

The Fulfilling the Dream awards are presented to individuals or groups who have contributed to the UNL community or the wider Lincoln community by their exemplary action in promoting the goals and vision of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s winners are Students United for Nebraska for the campus award and Peter Ferguson, vice president of Leadership Lincoln, for the Lincoln community award.

Other official UNL activities during MLK week, all free and open to the public, are:

  • Jan. 20 — 10 a.m., inauguration watch, Nebraska Union Ballroom; 7 p.m., inaugural ball, Nebraska Union Ballroom.
  • Jan. 21 — 10:30 a.m., Clinton Elementary School student play, “Big Words, Strong Words,” East Union; 11:30 a.m., brownbag panel, “424: The Aftermath,” moderated by Patrick Jones, assistant professor of ethnic studies and history, Nebraska Union Crib.
  • Jan. 22 — noon, brownbag lecture by Jones, “From Civil Rights to Racial Justice: The 45th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act,” Nebraska Union Crib; 6 p.m., town hall meeting, “Post-Obama Election: Issues of Diversity and Civil Rights,” Nebraska Union Auditorium.
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