'His Dreams' the theme for 2017 MLK Youth Rally and March

The planning committee and community stakeholders for the 22nd annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Rally and March are pleased to announce the January 16, 2017, theme:

His Dreams were the beginning; youth then and now shape the world like comets impact the sky! 

“This year’s theme speaks to the dreams of equality Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had.  His hope was not he, but his children, would see these become a reality.  The planning committee felt it important the community is reminded of the vital impact youth had and have in making the dreams a reality.  Youth, like those in the 60’s SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) and various student activists who within this past year stood up for racial equality, bonded a community, inspired many, and ultimately accomplished change on their campuses and institutions.  The theme calls us to act, utilizing the words of Harvard graduate Donovan Livingston illustrating that the shaping of the world would resonate like comets impact on the sky,” said Azcia Fleming, planning committee member, Lincoln High School.

 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.”

The January 16th experience will include content intended to inspire, educate, and entertain.  Content will include original and adapted work, including but not limited to, “I Do Solemnly Swear!” Call to Action keynote; the ‘Let Freedom Sing’ Scholars of Belmont Elementary School (Lincoln) who will perform a choral reading; “You Are” dignitary challenge; “Because of Them We Can” tribute and recognition; and performances by the North Star High School Choir.  The day’s events include a pre-rally celebration with community groups, including “Girls Rock,” a step performance presented 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.

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 upon marchers arriving at the Warner Chamber of the Nebraska State Capitol (approximately 10:45 a.m.).

For more information, contact Peter Ferguson, Community Adult Adviser, at 402.730.8709 or  You can also receive updates and follow the rally on the Facebook page and Twitter @MRally93.

Published: December 20, 2016, Updated: December 20, 2016