Tulsans honoring Martin Luther King

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Updated: 8/28/2013 6:28 pm Published: 8/28/2013 10:13 am

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Society of Tulsa is holding a bell ringing ceremony to honor the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech.

The event will be at the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation Park, 321 N. Detroit at 2:30 pm. Downtown churches will ring bells at the conclusion of the program at 3:00 pm.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Society, in partnership with Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League, Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry, and YWCA Tulsa invite you to be part of the ceremony to remember the legacy of Dr. King and to work together for a more inclusive Tulsa and Oklahoma.

The ceremony includes: welcome by Pleas Thompson, Board president of the MLK Commemoration Society; a performance of “Lift Every Voice”; excerpts from the “I Have a Dream” speech by BerThaddeus Bailey, MLK Society’s annual oratorical contest winner; reflections on August 28, 1963 by former State Senator Judy Eason McIntyre, who was in attendance at the speech; and a closing prayer by Rabbi Marc Boone Fitzerman of Congregation B’nai Emunah.

Judy Eason McIntyre was at the nations capital 50 years ago and witnessed Dr. King deliver the famous speech.

"I had no idea the impact of what I was seeing, no idea," said Eason McIntyre. She said that got choked up reminiscing about the historic day and the event that was held in Tulsa.

The ceremony will end at 3:00 p.m., at which time bells will ring symbolizing continuing commitment to “let freedom ring.”

This event is free and open to the public.

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