Pre-Rally doors open at 8:00 a.m. and the program begins at 8:45 a.m. in the UNL Student Union Ballroom, followed by a “Unifying March” at 9:45 a.m. through the streets of downtown Lincoln and climaxing with the “Call to Action” program at 10:30 a.m. (or when the marchers arrive and are seated) in the Warner Chamber at the Nebraska State Capitol.
The January 16th experience will include content intended to inspire, educate, and entertain. Additional details below.
Pre-rally celebration will include DJ Chris Phippa of Pippa Entertainment; community groups; a step performance titled “Girls Rock,” by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; area mascots; face painting by Lincoln Southwest Girls Basketball Program; a performance by the Lincoln High Latino Dance Group; and the annual “I Am Somebody” youth pledge.
The "Call to Action Program" (Warner Chamber, Nebraska State Capitol) will feature original and adapted work, including but not limited to, “I Do Solemnly Swear!” Call to Action keynote by Karli Mansur (Southwest High School); the ‘Let Freedom Sing’ Scholars of Belmont Elementary School (Lincoln) who will perform a choral reading; “You Are” dignitary challenge by Sophia Olson, (Lincoln High School); "United We Stand" adaptation by Makhi Fleming (Schoo Middle School); "Why We Are Here" welcome delivered by Azcia' Fleming (Lincoln High School) and Micah Wilson (Lincoln East High School); “Because of Them We Can” tributes by Maurice Reide (Schoo Middle School), Mallory Retzlaff (Waverly Middle School) and Jaden Ferguson (Lincoln Southwest); performances by the North Star High School Choir and more.
The Youth Rally and March is organized by a diverse group of area youth and is held in conjunction with the national recognition of the birthday of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All components are intended to celebrate his legacy and the mission of the planning committee: “…promotion of the life and dream of the late Rev. Dr. King, Jr. through positive youth action in the community.”
For more information, contact Peter Ferguson, Community Adult Adviser, at 402.730.8709 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also receive updates and follow the rally on the Facebook page and Twitter @MRally93. Click on this link for more information.