History Comes Alive

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Saturday is family day at the National Archives, which is celebrating the fight for civil rights.

From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., visitors can meet with costumed reenactors portraying Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Ida B. Wells. There will be activities related to each person's place in history.

For instance, visitors can honor Parks, who is known for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in 1955, by writing about something they would stand up for.

There also will also be a film about the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. The 30-minute film will show at 11:15 a.m., noon and 12:45 p.m.

The National Archives Building is on Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets in Northwest Washington. The building is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. For information, visit http://www.archives.gov.

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