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Bell-Ringing Scheduled to Commemorate Historic Speech

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Along with his counterparts, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has called for the people of his state to “ring a bell” this afternoon to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech.

Abercrombie’s office issued a press release requesting that all places of worship, government buildings and others take part in the observance being coordinated by the King Center and the 50th Anniversary Coalition for the March on Washington.

The bell-ringing was scheduled to take place at 3 p.m., local times.

The coalition has provided a Bell Ringing Ceremony App on its website.

Abercrombie said diversity continues to define Hawaii “and remains a source of great strength and beauty rivaling the natural wonder of these islands.”

“Half an ocean and a continent separate Hawaii from the National Mall, but we are no less impacted by Dr. King’s remarkable words that day,” he said. “The fulfillment of Dr. King’s legacy of hope, unity and freedom depends on our choices and actions beyond this single day of remembrance, extending to every day of our lives.”


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