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A Plea for the Nation's Conscience: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemorated

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Date: January 11, 2014

National Park ServiceNews Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 11, 2014

Jesse Bolli 402-223-3514

A Plea for the Nation's Conscience

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemorated at Homestead National Monument of America

In recognition of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday, Homestead National Monument of America will show an interview from 1965 with Dr. Martin Luther King on Meet the PressThe interview will be shown at the Homestead Education Center on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 2 pm. 

This interview was an opportunity for Dr. King to express to the Nation his reasoning for nonviolent demonstration and proactive measures to end segregation and discrimination in the United States. His unwavering commitment to nonviolence and resolve for justice continues to inspire today. After viewing the interview, Historian Blake Bell will examine the interview and the Civil Rights Movement more in depth and trace its history with a special emphasis on social mobility and equality through land ownership afforded by the Homestead Act.  

"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a vital figure, not only in the Civil Rights Movement, but in the history of the United States," said Mark Engler, Superintendent of Homestead National Monument of America. "The Monument is proud to offer this tribute in recognition of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday."

Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2014. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM) and Facebook (HomesteadNM).

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska and 45 miles south of Lincoln. Hours of operation are8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondaythroughFridayand9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdayand Sunday. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit http://www.nps.gov/home/.

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