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Aspire to Inspire 1/19/18  01/19/18 3:28:43 PM Printer Friendly VersionPrinter Friendly Version

– Photos by Lorraine Boyd
Beverly Thompson, wife of Dr. Franklin Thompson, director of City of Omaha Human Rights & Relations Department, sings what she called the “Black National Anthem” – “Lift Every Voice and Sing” – as community leaders look on.
Aspire to Inspire
Leaders of the city of Omaha and Douglas County came together on January 12 to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Day. From songs by Mrs. Thompson, County Assessor/Register of Deeds Diane Battiato, and the Burke High School Show Choir, to remarks by Mayor Jean Stothert, County Commissioner Chris Rodgers, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer, and Omaha Human Rights & Relations Board Chair Clarice Jackson, King’s legacy was honored. Keynote Speaker Bishop James Hunter of the Omaha Human Rights & Relations board, gave the rousing keynote speech, exhorting everyone to “aspire to inspire” every day.
Living the Dream awards, honoring those who embody Dr. King’s vision, were presented to three individuals: Deputy Omaha Police Chief Greg Gonzalez, Douglas County Corrections Officer Tanya Burnside and longtime community leader and civil rights activist Tommie Wilson. For more information on the recipients, see page three, where you will also find additional photos.
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