Hawaii residents are asked to ring a bell at 3 p.m. on Wednesday as part of the 50th annivesary commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
“Half an ocean and a continent separate Hawaii from the National Mall, but we are no less impacted by Dr. King’s remarkable words that day,” Gov. Abercrombie said in a press release.
“Here in the Aloha State, our diversity defines us and remains a source of great strength and beauty rivaling the natural wonder of these islands. However, we are reminded, even today, that prejudice and injustice persist. The fulfillment of Dr. King’s legacy of hope, unity and freedom depends on our choices and actions beyond this single dayof remembrance, extending to every day of our lives,” Abercrombie said.
The governor’s office said the King Center and the 50th Anniversary Coalition have asked governors of each state to help mark the anniversary and March on Washington with “Let Freedom Ring” bell-ringing events.
Abercrombie is also requesting that places of worship, government buildings and other facilities join in if possible.
For more information about the 50th Anniversary commemoration, visit: www.mlkdream50.com.