50 years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his impassioned "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington DC, as part of the historic March on Washington civil rights rally. Here are just some of his inspiring words:
"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.'
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"
Want more? Read the entire speech.
To commemorate the 50th Anniversary, dozens of cities plan for a worldwide 'Let Freedom Ring' Celebration.
The celebration commences this afternoon with a "Let Freedom Ring Call to Action and Commemoration Ceremony" from 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, featuring remarks from President Obama, former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, the King Family, elected officials, international dignitaries, celebrities, youth and leaders from national and international organizations.
Check out the full line-up of events as well as the cities and countries participating in the bell ringing.
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