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Birthday Celebration - May 19-May 21, 2023

Updated: May 12, 2023

This year experience 3 major events including a luncheon and community awards, a one-time performance reading of "The Meeting" (by Jeff Stetson) plus an added panel discussion on re-entry efforts across the state and midwest region. Tickets and RSVP details found here:


***NOTE: All events will have a virtual streaming option via our YouTube and Facebook page. No registration for virtual events necessary.***


Further Event details below:


FRIDAY, MAY 19th - 11am-1pm | Luncheon & Community Awards


This year's theme is “Celebrating the Champions of Tomorrow” which reminds visitors to recognize the collective social justice efforts of North Omaha’s past while honoring the impact of our future work together. This year we recognize these efforts through a luncheon featuring local historians who will take us back to the era of the late 1960s in recognizing the impact that the death of Vivian Strong had on our community; and additionally offer a charge to the community to seek out new ways to engage in social justice efforts in 2023. Details of Panelists & Award Categories are in the image below.


****NOTE: Deadline to reserve seating for Luncheon is May 17th. After this date, you can still purchase a ticket to attend but are not guaranteed seating or lunch as it would be standing room only. Option to pay at the door is allowed.




COMMUNITY AWARD DESCRIPTIONS BELOW:



SATURDAY, MAY 20th - 6-8pm | One-Time Performance Reading of

"The Meeting" by Jeff Stetson


A one-time script reading of the play "The Meeting" by Jeff Stetson which takes the audience through a dialogue with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Admission is free, but RSVPs encouraged to provide light appetizers and accommodation seating (limited to 100). Streaming options will also be made available and announced at a later date.

Cast details are below:


ALLEN STEVENSON - as Malcolm X

SHOMARI HUGGINS - as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

MARQUIS JEFFERSON - as Rashad




SUNDAY, MAY 21st - 2-4pm | Bring Em' Home Reentry Panel


“Bring Em’ Home” - A Second Look at Justice and Reentry Efforts feat. relevant voices on issues around supporting returning citizens and prison reform activism. Light appetizers will be served and streaming options will be available but RSVP is highly encouraged.

Panelists:

  • Sterling McKoy, Founder - In the Trenches Paralegal Services - Returning Citizen served 17 years in Federal Prison

  • Precious Jackson, Founder - Tillage Village - Returning Citizen served time in Federal Prison


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