MLK Week events continue with service learning project, tribute

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MLK Week events continue with service learning project, tribute

Martin Luther King Jr. week activities at UNL continue today with a service-learning project and an open microphone tribute night.

For the service-learning project, participants will volunteer at various sites around the community in honor of MLK’s vision for community outreach. The project is 2 to 6 p.m. The program is supported in part by a grant from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and a grant from the Pepsi Diversity Program Fund.

Individuals must have pre-registered to participate in the service-learning project.

The “Outspoken: Open Mic MLK Tribute Night” is 7:30 p.m. in the Nebraska Union. The event is open to anyone who wishes to showcase their creativity through poetry, dance, spoken word, song, etc. Prizes will be awarded.

MLK Week activities at UNL opened Jan. 21 with a keynote address by Michael Eric Dyson, a professor of sociology at Georgetown University. The lecture was “Beyond Race, Addressing the Universal Commonality of Concern.”

During the program, Chancellor Harvey Perlman presented the 2014 Fulfilling the Dream Award to Jake Kirkland, assistant director of Career Services. The award honors individuals or groups who have contributed to the UNL community or the wider Lincoln community by their exemplary action in promoting King’s goals and vision.

Following is a list of other events on the UNL campus during MLK Week. All MLK Week events at UNL are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Jan. 23, 4:30 p.m. reception and 5:30 talk — “An Evening at the Sheldon: Reception, Dedication and Talk,” Sheldon Museum of Art. A reception in the Sheldon will be followed by a dedication of artist Helen Ramsaran’s work, “Sanctuary,” that was installed between the Sheldon and the College of Business Administration. Ramsaran will speak at 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 24, 6-8:30 p.m. — Afrikan People’s Union MLK Banquet, Gaughan Center. Tickets are $15 or $100 per table. Contact Devin Owens at

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