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Brian McKnight Headlines Urban League of Nebraska 90th Anniversary Celebration

Jun 7, 2017, 12:50 PM by Kelly Bartnick

OMAHA, Neb. (June 7, 2017) – Versatile singer, songwriter and producer Brian McKnight will fill the Holland Performing Arts Center with R&B hits for an evening celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Urban League of Nebraska Friday, August 4, 2017. The concert is being held in conjunction with the biennial Native Omaha Days.

McKnight has released 16 albums to date, selling more than 30 million albums worldwide, and is currently touring the globe with his latest album, Better. Doors for the anniversary concert open at 6:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. performance.

"We’re proud to be an institution serving North Omaha for over 90 years and excited to have multi-talented artist Brian McKnight join us for the celebration,” said Thomas Warren, president and CEO.

With a career spanning two decades, McKnight first broke on the scene as a Motown artist at the tail end of new jack swing. He climbed the charts with adult contemporary R&B hits like “Back at One” and "Love Is," a duet with Vanessa Williams.

He has received sixteen Grammy nominations and been a recipient of American Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, NAACP Image Awards, and Billboard Songwriter of The Year. McKnight also plays nine instruments, including piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussions, and trumpet.

The Urban League of Nebraska will recognize two community leaders at the anniversary concert. The Charles B. Washington Award named after the local civil rights activist, journalist and mentor will honor a leader who has brought awareness to issues affecting communities of color and is facilitating change in North Omaha.

The Whitney M. Young Jr. Award named after the national civil rights leader will honor a leader who is transforming the community by facilitating economic and community development in North Omaha. Young served as president of the Urban League of Nebraska in the 1950s and would eventually lead the National Urban League during the Civil Rights Movement.

Tickets for the celebration range from $35 to $125 and can be purchased at TicketOmaha.com. Tickets are also available at the Ticket Omaha Box Office located inside the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas Street, or by phone at (402) 345-0606.

Brian McKnight is stepping in for Guy who had to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances. For additional information about the anniversary concert, contact the Urban League of Nebraska at (402) 453-9730.

The Urban League of Nebraska has been Empowering Communities and Changing Lives in Omaha since 1927. We empower youth and adults to complete their education and achieve employment in the Omaha metropolitan area. We change hearts and minds with advocacy across the state. We are part of a national movement focused on education and youth empowerment, economic development and civic engagement. | www.UrbanLeagueNeb.org