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'Let freedom ring' bell-ringing event to take place on University of Minnesota campus

U event will synchronize with national efforts to mark 50th anniversary of March on Washington and MLK Dream speech

August 27, 2013

Media note:

What: Local bell-ringing event as part of synchronized national effort
Where: University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, outdoor siren system
When: 2 p.m. CST, Wednesday, August 28, 2013

At exactly 2 p.m. CST on Wednesday, Aug. 28, a half-century to the minute after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech, loud speakers across campus at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities will play chimes to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The March on Washington and King’s historic address.

The chimes will sound through the U’s Campus Wide Emergency Alert System (outdoor siren system). Just before the chimes ring, a brief message will be read to the campus community commemorating the speech and King’s call to "Let freedom ring." The national and international bell-ringing events were organized by The King Center based in Atlanta.

To coordinate coverage of the bell-ringing event or set up related interviews with U of M experts, media members should contact the University News Service in advance.

Media note: A relevant excerpt from the I Have a Dream Speech: "… So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California! But not only that, let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!  Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi…"

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