Facebook Founder Gives Omaha "Thumbs Up" During Visit

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a stop in Omaha on Saturday as he continued his U.S. tour. 

He stopped by Stinson Park for the Heartland Pride Festival and noted in a post on his page, "Happy Pride from Omaha, Nebraska to everyone celebrating this weekend across the world!

I'm at the Heartland Pride Festival. Until recently, the Nebraska constitution banned gay marriage. Omaha is more welcoming, but we still have a long way to go."

Omaha was Zuckerberg's latest stop on a tour that has taken him through several towns in Iowa and Minnesota in the past few days.

The visit comes on the heels of Zuckerberg's announcement of a new mission for Facebook. He announced the new vision on Thursday with a shift in the focus from connecting individuals to one of building communities.

During a stop in Chicago Thursday he said, "We want to help 1 billion people join meaningful communities. And if we can do this it will not only reverse the whole decline in community membership that we've seen for decades around the world, it's going to strengthen our overall social fabric and bring the world closer together."

That included being closer together with the people of Omaha on Saturday.

Mayor Jean Stothert met him during the stop at Stinson Park where she gave the welcome and to deliver a proclamation at the Pride Festival.

The man in the middle of the photograph is David Kerr, President of Heartland Pride and a member of the Mayor's LGBTQ + Advisory Group. He facilitated Zuckerberg's visit.


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