Utah to Honor 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s “Dream” Speech

What: On August 28, 1963, more than 200,000 Americans marched on Washington, D.C., to bring awareness to the political and social challenges African Americans faced across the country. At this time, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his “I Have a Dream? speech, one of the most renowned speeches in U.S. history.

Fifty years later, at the exact time, bells will ring around the nation and in Utah to honor the speech as part of the “Let Freedom Ring?” celebration. Governor Gary R. Herbert will sign a declaration to honor the day and an Executive Order for the state’s Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission.

Why: The Governor has called upon places of worship, schools and other facilities statewide where bells are prevalent to join in marking the occasion.

Who: Governor Gary R. Herbert
Lt. Governor Greg Bell
Reverend France Davis, Calvary Baptist Church
Dr. Forrest Crawford, Co-founder of the MLK Commission
Calvary Baptist Choir

When: Wednesday, August 28, 12:30 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.
12:30 p.m. – Signing of declaration and MLK Commission Executive Order
1:00-1:05 p.m. – Capitol bell ringing “We Shall Overcome”

Where: Utah State Capitol, south steps

Visuals: Governor Herbert, joined by the MLK Commission, will start the bell ringing with large hand bells followed by the Capitol bell tower.