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Life Care Center of Omaha, Nebraska, celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day annually with a celebration of black history and the presentation of its Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award.


The award honors an individual or organization connected to the facility that has impacted lives in the community.


The facility planned to present the 2017 program and award ceremony on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 16, but had to postpone it until Jan. 22 due to an ice storm.


This year’s winner was God’s Deliverance Singers, a 10-member gospel choir that performs at many community events, churches and nursing homes. The group performs there twice a year.


“The summer performance is our largest event of the year and is held in a huge outdoor tent with a barbecue,” said Kathy Hartwell, activity director. “The entire neighborhood is invited, and our neighborhood is made up of over 55 apartment buildings and handicapped-accessible housing. The music is powerfully uplifting.”


In addition to the award presentation, several ministers officiated, and a few people recited poetry and sang “Glory.” The event closed with singing “We Shall Overcome.”

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