“Our World, His Dream: Freedom – Make it Happen” is the theme for the five-day commemoration of the I Have A Dream speech. Endorsed and supported by the 50th Anniversary Coalition for Jobs, Justice and Freedom, this theme is undergirded by the three sub-themes: “Freedom to Prosper in Life;” “Freedom to Peacefully Co-Exist;” and “Freedom to Participate in Government.”
Starting on Saturday, August 24, there will be a March and the Global Freedom Festival will open on the mall. The festival will include four days of education, entertainment and activities that focus on advancing the three freedoms of the week's theme. On Monday and Tuesday, August 25-26, there will be several initiatives that focus on educating the next generation of youth including The King Center's ‘King Global Leadership Summit,’ which will engage college students throughout the world; and educational initiatives led by the National Park Services.
On August 28th, the last day of the commemorative week and the actual anniversary of the March and the I Have A Dream speech, there will be a “Let Freedom Ring” Commemoration & Call to Action” on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The program begins with an interfaith service from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the Tidal Basin, followed by the “Let Freedom Ring” Commemoration and Call to Action at the nearby Lincoln Memorial from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. that includes the bell-ringing ceremony at 3:00 p.m. The day will consist of entertainment and tributes by elected officials, dignitaries, celebrities, youth and leaders from national and international organizations.
“We are calling on people across America and throughout the world to join with us as we pause to mark the 50th anniversary of my father’s I Have A Dream speech with ‘Let Freedom Ring’ bell-ringing events and programs that affirm the unity of people of all races, religions and nations,” said King Center C.E.O. Bernice A. King. “My father concluded his great speech with a call to ‘Let freedom ring,’ and that is a challenge we will meet with a magnificent display of brotherhood and sisterhood in symbolic bell-ringing at places of worship, schools and other venues where bells are available from coast to coast and continent to continent.”
For more information about the 50th Anniversary of the I Have A Dream speech, please contact The King Center (Atlanta, GA) at 404-526-8944, or visit the event's website www.mlkdream50.com, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.