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Missouri Capitol celebration to commemorate 'I Have a Dream' anniversary

Monday, August 26, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:55 a.m. CST, Thursday, December 19, 2013

COLUMBIA — A ceremony on the state Capitol grounds Wednesday will mark the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

The "Let Freedom Ring" celebration will be held from 1 to 2 p.m., and the program lists a number of speakers who will pay tribute to King.

Speakers from the mid-Missouri community will present excerpts from King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

On Aug. 28, 1963, more than 250,000 people gathered on the National Mall in Washington to march for civil rights. King was 34 when he eloquently called for an end to racism in America.

The King Center in Atlanta is encouraging an international bell-ringing  at 3 p.m. EDT Wednesday — that's 2 p.m. in Columbia.

State governors have been asked to support the bell-ringing. The ceremony at Missouri's Capitol in Jefferson City will end with bells.


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