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Nicodemus site to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

1/9/2014

Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

NICODEMUS -- Nicodemus National Historic Site will present two programs this month honoring Martin Luther King Jr., with the reading of his most famous civil rights speech of 1963 and his 1963 letter from a Birmingham jail.

The speech was delivered Aug. 28, 1963, during his March on Washington.

That reading will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Nicodeumus Township Hall. Isaiah Conway will present a reading of King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

The second program at 1 p.m. Jan. 25 will feature the reading of King's 1963 letter from Birmingham jail. King was arrested while leading a civil rights march through Birmingham, Ala. Domineck Journigan and Leo Hope will present the reading of the letter.

The letter was written in response to several Birmingham clergymen expressing disapproval of King's tactic when widespread violence broke out during the civil rights march through Birmingham due to the police breaking up the march.