[blindkid] NFB Youth March for Independence
MRiccobono at nfb.org
Sun Jul 19 00:57:53 UTC 2009
Come join the National Federation of the Blind
for a historic gathering to celebrate the next generation of blind innovators!
On Friday, July 31, the blind students and their
mentors from the 2009 NFB Youth Slam will gather
in our nations capitol for an inspirational
rally at the Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool
followed by the NFB Youth March for Independence
on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. After
the march, blind students, blind mentors, and
friends will gather for a celebratory program of
the past weeks achievements in the United States
Capitol Visitor Center. Members of congress will
be in attendance, and speakers will include Dr.
Marc Maurer (President of the NFB), NFB Youth
Slam students, members of the United States
Congress, and officials from NASA including one
of the astronauts from the STS 125 shuttle
mission--the same mission that carried two Louis
Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollars to space.
We encourage Federationists and friends to come
be part of these historic eventsyou will not want to miss it!
Schedule of Events:
The rally at the Lincoln Memorial will kick off
at 2:45 p.m. just in front of the reflecting pool
and at the foot of the steps where so many other
revolutionary historic gatherings have taken place.
The NFB Youth March is expected to leave the
rally site at the Lincoln Memorial at
approximately 3:20 p.m. proceeding down the
National Mall to the National Air and Space
Museum. Please note that the distance from the
memorial to the museum is approximately 1.5 miles.
The closing ceremonies at the Capitol Visitors
Center will begin at 5:30 pm. (doors open) with
the program beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Congressional Auditorium.
The Capitol Visitor Center is closed to the
public, so please let security know that you are
attending the NFB event. We encourage you to get
there early as there is a security screening
before the entrance to the Capitol Visitor
Center; the link to items that are not permitted
The Capitol Visitors Center entrance is on the
East side of the Capitol near the intersection of First and Maryland streets.
If you are coming to the concluding ceremony
only, the easiest way to get there is by metro. The three closest stops are:
* Union Station Located at First Street, NW, and Massachusetts Avenue
* Capitol South Located at First Street between C and D Streets, SE
* Federal Center, SW Located at the
Southwest corner of Third and D streets, SW
For more information about the metro, visit
Please join us for this historic event where the
next generation of the blind is helping to change
what it means to be blind! The NFB Youth Slam is
one of the ways that the National Federation of
the Blind Jernigan Institute is providing more
opportunities for blind youth to pursue careers
that were once falsely perceived as impossible
and empowering the next generation to interject
their voice into the leadership of this country.
Let us celebrate the accomplishments of these
youth and their mentors while looking forward to
their future full of opportunities!
If you have any questions, please call Mark
Riccobono at 410-659-9314 ext. 2368 or e-mail
<mailto:mriccobono at nfb.org>mriccobono at nfb.org
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