DENVER - Denver rang the City and County Building's bell 50 times to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Wednesday.
Mayor Hancock released the following statement:
"The March on Washington was not only a rallying cry in the struggle for civil rights but a turning point in the storied history of our great nation. In the half century since Dr. King stood upon the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and proclaimed to the world his dream for an America free of arbitrary divisions, we have made tremendous strides. But the struggle continues. Today we commemorate that moment in time and our continued march toward a better world not only for ourselves but for those in the generations we will never meet. Dr. King's dream will live on in all of us who take up the banner of peace and justice."
MLK Jr.'s 'I Have A Dream' speech commemoration across the country
On Aug. 28, 1963, as King was wrapping up his speech at the Lincoln Memorial, he quoted from the patriotic song, "My Country `tis of Thee."
King implored his audience to "let freedom ring" from the hilltops and mountains of every state in the nation, some of which he cited by name in his speech.
"When we allow freedom to ring - when we let it ring from every city and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, `Free at last, free at last, great God almighty, we are free at last," King said in closing.
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