For immediate release
27 August 2013
Governor Herbert to Call for Bells to Ring Across State
To Honor 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s “Dream”
SALT LAKE CITY — On Aug. 28, Governor Gary R. Herbert is asking Utah to join the nation in honoring the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have A Dream” speech and The March on Washington D.C.
The Governor has invited the public, elected officials and community leaders to gather at the steps of the State Capitol at 12:30 p.m. to recognize this historic anniversary in a “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony. At 1 p.m., the Capitol bells will toll, along with other bells across the state and nation. Governor Herbert is calling upon places of worship, schools and other areas where bells are available to join in marking the occasion.
“Our nation has made tremendous progress for human rights since Dr. King’s inspiring address, but we must be vigilant and honor this legacy,” Governor Herbert said.
During the ceremony, Governor Herbert will sign an executive order reauthorizing the State’s Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission. The commission was created in 1991 to promote diversity, equality and human rights. Members of the MLK Commission will be in attendance, as will Dr. Forrest Crawford, a founding member of the Commission, and long-time Utah civil rights leader Rev. France Davis.
On Aug. 28, 1963, over 200,000 Americans marched on Washington D.C. to bring awareness to the political and social challenges African Americans faced across the country. Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech has since become one of the most famous speeches in U.S. history (http://www.archives.gov/press/exhibits/dream-speech.pdf).
For more information, visit: http://heritage.utah.gov/dha/dha-special/let-freedom-ring
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