Taking a moment to reflect on the 50th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech

Aug 28, 2013

"Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred." - MLK

If you want a moment of reflection today, you could save this for 3 p.m. 

At that time 50 years ago today, Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream Speech" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. His speech came during the centennial of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.

Bell-ringing events around Michigan are scheduled for 3 p.m. today. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights is helping to coordinate these events. 

In a statement, MDCR Director Leslee Fritz said, “I encourage people all over Michigan to organize bell-ringing events in your churches and mosques, schools and synagogues – anywhere there are bells or a carillon.”

You can find these events on their Facebook page.

Here's the speech (which King first delivered in Detroit two months earlier):

And here you can watch the commemoration taking place in Washington D.C. today:

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