Baylor's McLane Carillon Participating in Nationwide 'Let Freedom Ring' Event Aug. 28
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Bell-ringing event marks 50th anniversary of March on Washington and MLK Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech
WACO, Texas (Aug. 27, 2013) - To commemorate the 50th anniversary of The March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic "I Have A Dream" speech, Baylor University's McLane Carillon will participate in a nationwide bell-ringing event called "Let Freedom Ring" on Wednesday, Aug. 28.
At 2 p.m. CT Wednesday - marking the conclusion a half century ago of Dr. King's stirring address - University Carillonneur Lynnette Geary will play "We Shall Overcome," arranged for carillon by Milford Myhre, and "Lift Every Voice and Sing," arranged by John Courter. Baylor's 48-bell McLane Carillon is located in the tower of Pat Neff Hall.
The King Center in Atlanta and the 50th Anniversary Coalition have called on people and organizations across America to come together to remember the momentous events in the Civil Rights Movement that occurred 50 years ago Wednesday.
"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 CEO 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."
"Our World, His Dream: Freedom - Make it Happen" is the theme for the "Let Freedom Ring" commemoration and call to action. 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."
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