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2000 Media Release


January 5, 2000
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831

Discussion On Tolerance Planned For January 15

Mayor Don Wesely and the Gallup Organization invite the public to a discussion on tolerance Saturday, January 15, 2000 in honor of the celebration of Martin Luther King's birthday. The event is set for 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Education Center at Gallup's corporate headquarters, 301 S. 68th Street, Lincoln.

The Gallup Organization will present these discussions across the nation in 2000, and the Lincoln event will be the pilot for this year-long project.

The discussion will be moderated by composer, author and educator Mark Williams, a 1998 winner of the Global Tolerance Award given by the Friends of the United Nations for excellence in the promotion of multicultural understanding. Williams is the composer and lyricist of "One Song, Many Voices," the theme song for the U.N.'s International Day of Tolerance, which is set for November 16, 2000, and for millennium celebrations. He is the founder of Markus Communications and Bookmark Entertainment.

"This is a great opportunity for Lincoln area residents to come together to discuss the important issue of tolerance," Mayor Wesely said. "Our community faces rapid change and growth in the 21st century. Building greater understanding among our diverse citizens is one of the keys to moving forward together as one community."

The dialogue will be conducted using an innovative multi-media approach based on a video of "One Song, Many Voices," performed by Vanessa Williams and introduced by actor Christopher Reeve. The dialogue also incorporates taped interviews with recognized leaders including Horace Deets of the AARP, Julian Bond of the NAACP, Anne Bryant of the National School Boards Association and Becky Cain of the League of Women Voters.

The event is free, and no pre-registration is required.

Media note: A photo of Mark Williams is available on request. To arrange an interview with him, contact Cindy Prucha at the Mayor's Office, 441-7511.

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