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Hundreds Attend MLK Recognition Ceremony

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Leah Uko

OMAHA (KPTM) – Spread peace. This message stemmed from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. many years ago and echoed throughout the Harper Center at Creighton University Monday evening.

"There's still time today for each one of us in this room to do something good for somebody else," Omaha mayor Jim Suttle said.

Community members, college, high school and elementary students were recognized for implementing Dr. King's message throughout Omaha.

The university hosted its Martin Luther King Jr. Recognition Ceremony, which awards people for promoting his legacy that nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.

"We're not trying to judge each other by the different neighborhoods that we're in and how we should all just come together and end the senseless violence," Khalil Westbrook, a student at Omaha South High School said.

Westbrook is a part of Team Peace Movement—a group of Omaha South students who created the movement after the killing of 16-year-old Montrell Wiseman. The group spoke out to the community at the ceremony.

"It's not just a north Omaha type thing. It happens all over," Doreal McGraw said. "It happens in Bellevue, it happens in Papillion, it happens in Millard, it happens everywhere."

The group organized a Peace Rally and marched to the ceremony. Afterwards, with the help of Virgil Patlan, who helped with fundraising, they sold T-shirts and sweaters to promote their message.

"I've seen a lot of kids who've destroyed their lives because of the gangs and drugs. So to see this kids step up and do this Peace rally—we just got inspired by it," Patlan said.

"It's so hopeful to have young people recognizing what's really important in life," Father Bert Thelen of Creighton University said. "Knowing that you have the harmony between human beings is much more important than anybody having to be right or wrong."

Others were honored for writing, drawing and traveling to promote peace. This was a comforting site for Tiyonna Crawford, a senior at Omaha South, to see her peers in the spotlight for doing good, instead of causing harm.

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