Bells rang out early throughout the United States on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 28, 2013, in response to a call from the most significant civil rights speech ever made in the history “I have a dream”, to “Let the freedom Ring.”
Americans of all colors and backgrounds gathered at the Lincoln Mall, Washington DC to hear different civil rights veterans and the first black president of the United States Barack Obama speak at the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington and his “I have a dream” speech. At Sharp 3 PM in the afternoon, the immediate family members of the Martin Luther King’s family tolled a giant bell to mark the 50th anniversary of the call that Dr King had made 50 years ago (in 2013). It was the same bell that had rung 50 years ago at the 16th Street Baptist Church in the Birmingham area.
President Barack Obama made an impressive speech and called out to the new generation to take over the responsibility for ensuring racial equality. He encouraged the present day’s youth to follow the ideals of its glorious patriots who had participated in that March half a century ago, and had witnessed the most impactful speech ever made. President Obama’s speech worked as the culmination of week-long celebrations involving several events, including walks on the streets of Washington in remembrance of the Rosa Parks event. President used his address as a medium to pay a personal tribute to students, laborers, maids and everyone who came together to create history on August 28, 1963. He urged the Americans of the present era to not forget their elders’ accomplishments.
The eldest son of Martin Luther King, who was merely five years old when his father delivered that memorable speech, talked about a dream that hasn’t still being realized in entirety. John Lewis, the former Georgia congressman and the only surviving main speaker from the March 1963 event, stressed that we should never forget the sacrifices made by of our seniors.
The event focused on issues far beyond the ethnicity concerns, involving speakers who highlighted challenges related to gay rights, disabled people, environment and more. Amazing performances were presented in front of an eclectic crowd, ranging from ‘Amazing Grace’ sung by LeAnn Rimes and a dance performance by the Maori Haka dancers.
Majority of speakers at the event spoke about the importance of connecting with the youth of the present times, and why they should get more and more involved in issues related to human and civil rights.
As the bell was rung by Martin Luther King’s granddaughter in the Washington DC area, the City Hall in Atlanta also joined the ceremony by ringing its own bells as a gesture to commemorate the Martin Luther King’s speech in its own way.
People laid flowers at the Martin Luther King’s tomb situated at King Centre in north-east Atlanta. The place was visited by people from all parts of the world, as a remembrance to the man who took the Civil Rights movement to an altogether new level in the United States and world.