50th anniversary celebration of "I Have a Dream" speech

Community invited to celebrate Wednesday

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The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force, Inc., as well as other organizations and residents, will meet Wednesday at 3 p.m. on the front lawn of Southfield City Hall at 26000 Evergreen to ring bells commemorating the 50th anniversary of King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

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The famous speech was delivered in 1963 at the March on Washington. The bell ringing is a symbol to let freedom ring and to honor King and his message of freedom, justice and equality.

"The Southfield Dr. Martin Luther King Task Force will pause, along with the world, and 'let freedom ring' on August 28, 2013 to remember and reflect upon the dream that Dr. King shared with us 50 years ago on August 28, 1963, and to affirm the unity of all races, religions and nations," said Dorothy Dean, President of the task force. "The timing of the ringing of the bells at 3 p.m. reflects a half century ago to the minute of the delivery of "I Have a Dream" by Dr. King."

It is estimated that one million people attended the march on Saturday in the Washington National Mall from the Lincoln Memorial to the King Memorial.

The entire community is welcome to attend the event on Wednesday, but are asked to gather at 2 p.m. outside the city hall on the front lawn.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force, Inc. was formed in 1985 in Southfield, Michigan.

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