Dr. Bryan Samuel
Office of Multicultural Affairs director, 308.865.8127

The University of Nebraska at Kearney campus will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with two events Thursday, Jan. 12.
The first event begins at noon in the Nebraskan Student Union Atrium with a prayer given by Rob Clark of Cooperative Campus Ministries. Those in attendance will recite portions of Dr. King’s works and quotations. There will also be a moment of reflection to honor the late reverend.
Dr. Bryan Samuel, director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs, said, “We want to provide the students and community with a program that takes the celebration beyond entertainment.”
The celebration will continue at 7 p.m. with an educational forum, Equality Speaks: Awakening a Dream.  The forum will take place in Ponderosa Room E of the Nebraskan Student Union. Both events are free and open to the public.
“We’ve invited faculty from several different colleges and departments to share their viewpoint of civil rights. It will be informative as well as thought-provoking and educational,” Dr. Samuel said.
Panelists will include: Dr. Samuel Lopez, assistant professor of health, physical education and recreation; Dr. Claude Louishomme, assistant professor of political science; Dr. Charles Peek, professor of English; and Dr. Linda Van Ingen, assistant professor of history. The forum will be moderated by Brian Shreves, a UNK student from Omaha .
The traditional prayer and silent processional from the bell tower to the Nebraskan will not take place this year because of construction in the area.