January 27, 2014

Secretary Jewell partners with IMPACT for MLK Weekend of Service

by Francisco Carrillo from Department of the Interior

At the conclusion of his now famous, “I Have a Dream Speech,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pressed America to let freedom ring from the “prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire,” from the “mighty mountains of New York,” from the “heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania,” and throughout the nation.  Dr. King referenced the natural beauty of America as a backdrop to his dream of freedom, equality, and brotherhood.  The speech was given at a National Park – the Lincoln Memorial, and the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” that Dr. King culminated took place on public lands.

As beneficiaries of both the dream and the natural beauty of our nation, we have a responsibility to be good stewards of our national parks and public lands.  In this spirit, during the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend of Service, Secretary Sally Jewell and several DOI staff joined the National Park Service and their partner IMPACT to engage in a beautification project at and around the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

IMPACT is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage and build a network of young professionals of color to foster civic engagement, increase knowledge of the political and legislative processes, and enhance economic empowerment opportunities.  IMPACT is proud to continue supporting NPS in ensuring that the MLK Memorial and National Mall are as beautiful as the words spoken Dr. King.  The Secretary’s involvement in these service activities signals the importance of honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and ensuring that America’s national parks and public lands are preserved for future generations.

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