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Continuing Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy

Posted at 6:21 PM, Jan 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-15 19:21:16-05

Where do we go from here was one of the main points in UNMC's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr event.

"How can we make sure we can all win and be apart of this society," said Willie Barney.

Guest speaker Willie Barney says it's not just remembering what MLK did for the country, but how we will continue taking his legacy a step further.

"There's a lot of division in our country, people are separated politically, separated by race but if we really look at what we have in common," said Barney.

Barney says we have more in common than what divides us.

"We want every single person to have the ability to go to the doctors when they need to go to the doctors, we want every child to have a quality education, we want to be able to support our families with a job or business, and we want to live in a safe environment and neighborhood," said Barney.

In a time where the country lacks unity, Barney says having those difficult conversations will bring people together.

"All those things that we didn't deal with are bubbling up and we haven't had a real conversation," said Barney.

Barney says even in our own city everyone plays a role.

"Omaha has started to recognize that we have areas to improve and it's nice to see that we are moving in a positive direction even if we still have a long way to go," said Eric Williams.

"That's the real message of Dr. Martin Luther King what can you do, what is your part to help make this a better city, a better country," said Barney.