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37th annual Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Celebration: Thursday, January 13, 2022, noon

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

The 37th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will be presented in virtual format via Zoom


Master of Ceremonies: Thomas Lee, Principal, Westview High School, 156th and Ida Streets, Omaha Public Schools

Keynote Speaker: Shavon Arline-Bradley, Founding Principal of R.E.A.C.H. Beyond Solutions LLC

Musical entertainment: Eddie Brown, Lincoln, NE; The Kingsmen, Ananias Montague, Minister of Music, Salem Baptist Church, Omaha

Shavon Arline-Bradley is the Founding Principal of R.E.A.C.H. Beyond Solutions LLC ( a public health, policy/advocacy, faith and executive leadership firm designed to expand the capacity of government, corporation, foundation and non-profit partners based in Maryland (Washington DC metro area).   She is also a Co-Founder of The Health Equity Cypher Group, a collaborative of nationally recognized health equity experts designed to expand the work of health, equity and diversity & inclusion in all sectors. Shavon personally has over 19 years of professional experience. She served in the Office of the 19th United States Surgeon General (OSG) as the Director of External Engagement and senior advisor. Prior to her tenure in the Office of the US Surgeon General, Mrs. Arline Bradley served as the Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning & Partnerships and senior director of health programs for the national NAACP where she served for 6 years.

The Southern New Jersey native is a public health & social justice advocate and former track & field athlete who earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Master of Public Health degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated in May 2016 from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University with a Master of Divinity. In May 2019, Shavon completed the Executive Certificate of Executive Leadership, Business Development and Business Management from Howard University School of Business with a concentration in strategic planning and project management. In July 2020, she completed the Executive Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University.

Shavon is the co-chair of the National Social Action Commission serving on the national board of directors of Delta Sigma Theta and serves as the current president and chair of Delta for Women in Action. Shavon is a member of the Columbia MD chapter of the Links and is currently the chair of Health & Human Services for the Eastern Area. She also serves as the vice-chair of the NAACP Board Health Committee and a member of the UNCF DMV Leadership Council. Shavon is also a member of Jack & Jill of America and the American Public Health Association and newly selected fellow of the Herndon Director's Institute. She is also an advisory board member of the Oprah Winfrey Network initiative OWN Your Health.

Shavon was ordained in May 2018 as a Baptist preacher and serves as an associate minister of the Alfred Street Baptist Church. She is married to Andrew Bradley and mother of 7 year old Micah and 21 year old daughter Amira.


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ACCOMMODATIONS: Audience members requiring accommodations due to a disability must contact Barbara Velazquez,, 531-622-2253 at least two weeks prior to the International/Intercultural Education programs.