HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is asking residents and organizations to ring bells at 3:00 p.m. on Aug. 28 as part of a nationwide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s renowned “I Have a Dream” speech.
“Dr. King’s message of freedom, equality and liberty resonates as strongly today as it did fifty years ago,” Malloy said. “Never before has a single speech had such a dramatic and positive impact on our nation. Let’s honor the message of Dr. King’s speech and the many civil rights, labor and religious organizations that organized to spread his words. Let’s not take for granted all that they fought so hard for. Especially now, at a time when some states are pursuing new laws that constrain the fundamental right to vote, we cannot forget that the fight for equal opportunity, equal justice, and an equal voice in our democracy never ends.”
King’s family, in cooperation with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, is inviting every state in the nation to participate in this date of remembrance by ringing bells in unison at churches, schools and other venues where bells are available.
The organization on Wednesday will host a “Let Freedom Ring” celebration at the Lincoln Monument in Washington, DC, where they will lead the nationwide bell ringing.
Governor Malloy has also issued an official proclamation to commemorate the occasion.