2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations

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Please visit the Martin Luther King Jr. website for more information and to register for the following events.

Monday, Jan. 18
MLK Jr. Day Roundtable Panel Discussion
10-11 a.m.


  • Joshua Fershée, JD
    Dean of the School of Law


  • Jacqueline Font-Guzmán, PhD, JD, MHA
    Professor of Law and Conflict Studies
    Director of the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program
  • Sangeetha A. Kumar, MSW, LCSW
    Assistant Director for Student Care and Outreach
    Student Counseling Services
  • Raneta Lawson Mack, JD
    Skinner Family Distinguished Professor of Law
    School of Law
  • Christopher Rodgers, MBA, MPA
    Director of Community and Government Relations
  • Christopher Whitt, PhD
    Vice Provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
  • Mardell Wilson, EdD

Tuesday, Jan. 19

MLK Unity Prayer Celebration and Recognition
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The Unity Prayer Celebration andRecognition provides an opportunity to unite the community in the spirit of inclusion and fellowship in honor of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The Drum Major Award, given to an individual who serves as an advocate of social justice, and the Stovall Award are awarded during this event.

Special guest speaker will be Barry Thomas, director of equity and diversity for Omaha Public Schools. He has served in prior roles as supervisor of social studies and a teacher. Thomas was among the inaugural class of African American leaders to participate in the Empowerment Network’s Redefine the Game Institute in 2018 and now he has joined Inclusive Community’s inaugural group of Lead Diversity advocates. He is also an executive board member of the Omaha Branch of the NAACP.

National Day of Racial Healing: “How Did Racism Show Up in 2020?”
3-4:30 p.m.

Panel presentation and interactive campus/community discussion.

Creighton University, in partnership with the Omaha Community Council for Racial Justice and Reconciliation, is hosting its second annual observance of the National Day of Racial Healing. All students, staff, faculty members, and local community members are invited to participate in this dialogue.

Panelists will share how racism showed up for them in 2020. Facilitated breakout groups on this subject will follow the panel presentation. Campus and community leaders will also give brief remarks. Registration is required.

The National Day of Racial Healing was started by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in 2017 to facilitate “experiences rooted in truth-telling, offering people, organizations and communities a day set aside for racial healing, bringing people together to take collective action for a more just and equitable world.”