“I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’” – Martin Luther King Jr.
This month will mark the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech, which he gave during a political rally on August 28th, 1963 known as the ‘March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom’.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (aka ‘The King Center”) has reached out to all 50 states and has asked cities everywhere to participate in a bell ringing at 3pm on August 28th (the time and date of the original speech). The bell ringing is to signify Martin Luther King’s words, “let freedom ring”.
To commemorate the march, a ‘March on Washington for Jobs, Justice, and Freedom’ will be held on August 24th. Speakers that day will include Martin Luther King, III, Al Sharpton, and the families of Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till.
On August 28th, a ceremony called the “‘Let Freedom Ring’ commemoration and call to action” will be held at the Lincoln Memorial where President Obama is scheduled to speak. President Obama is expected to discuss civil rights and issues of race, which interestingly enough are matters that he has mostly avoided addressing during his time in office until the recent Trayvon Martin case. Due to the controversial verdict of the Trayvon Martin case, this historical anniversary falls at a unique time when racial prejudice happens to be a major topic of discussion in the media. Organizers of the anniversary event say that they predict Trayvon Martin to be a prominent feature in the event, but they also say that it will not overshadow the focus on the celebration of a civil rights movement milestone.