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PEACE CORPS CELEBRATES 50 YEARS

Five Generations of Peace Corps Volunteers to Speak in Panel Discussion March 5

March 1, 2011/DALLAS, TX:  President Kennedy launched the Peace Corps in March of 1961 to challenge young Americans to contribute two years of their lives in service to people in developing countries.  Today, some 200,000 volunteers have worked in nearly 150 host countries on issues ranging from AIDS education to environmental preservation.

"The Peace Corps began when President Kennedy called upon students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries," said Nicola Longford, executive director at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.  "Fifty years later, we continue to honor Kennedy's legacy and the tremendous impact of the programs he influenced."

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza will host five generations of Peace Corps volunteers as they reflect on how the experience changed their lives and made a difference in the countries they served.  The panelists are:

Allen Mondell, Sierra Leone
Sharon Sugarek, The Gambia
Paula Selzer, Dominican Republic
Jonathan Braddick, Ukraine
Rodney Davis-Gilbert, Micronesia

The program takes place March 5, 2011 at 2:00pm.  The program is open to the public and free with paid admission to the Museum.

For more information, visit www.jfk.org.

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