Thursday, December 08, 2005

Education Department

Acting Deputy Secretary of Education Gene Hickok introduced the History Channel youth-oriented documentary Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: The Making of a Dream today at Kettering Middle School in Maryland. Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, History Channel Vice President of Historical Programming Susan Werbe and Kettering Middle School Principal Legaunt J. Jones joined Hickok for this special preview.
"We are proud to partner with the History Channel to bring history alive for millions of people," Hickok said. "We want all of our students to understand the meaning of our civic holidays and not that they are just a day off from school."
The cooperative venture between the department and the History Channel will help make students more aware of the importance of our national holidays. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. documentary is one of a series that will also include programs on Labor Day and Veterans Day.
"This series will clearly show that our holidays offer a chance to look at the values that inspired our nation -- values like honesty, hard work, equal justice for all, dedication, compassion, concern for others and sacrifice," Hickok said. "Dr. King's struggle for equality and inclusion is consistent with the No Child Left Behind law in that it promises a quality education for all children because education is a civil right."
The 30-minute documentary will be aired nationally on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, on the History Channel at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. (ET/PT). The film includes interviews with Rep. Harold Ford, Dule Hill of The West Wing, and U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige.


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