HOUSTON (CBS Houston) On Wednesday, Houston Mayor Annise Parker called on places of worship, schools and other Houston areas where bells are prevalent to join her in ringing them in a bell-ringing ceremony to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of The March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

“Houston’s official bell-ringing ceremony will occur at 2 p.m. on August 28 outside Houston City Hall by the reflecting pool,” stated city of Houston officials. “The date and time is a half century to the minute after Dr. King delivered his historic address and it coincides with a ‘Commemoration and Call to Action’ to be held on the National Mall in Washington D.C. the same day.”

Mayor Parker said that the gesture brings importance to Martin Luther King Jr. and the significance of his endeavors: “I am calling on all Houstonians to join me as we pause to mark the 50th anniversary of this historic moment,” said Mayor Parker in a statement. “As the most diverse city in this country, we are positioned through our local bell-ringing observance to send a strong message of inclusion, and acceptance of people of all races, religion or national origin. I especially hope that our young people will get involved.”

Mayor Parker is further asking all local organizations with access to bells to join in the bell-ringing at precisely 2 p.m. August 28. She would like to create a distinctive yet unified sound with the bells that will be rung citywide to commemorate MLK.

“On August 28, 1963, Dr. King ended his speech with a call to ‘let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire…from the mighty mountains of New York…from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania…from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado…from the curvaceous slopes of California…from Stone Mountain in Georgia…from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee…and from every hill and molehill in Mississippi'”, as noted by the city of Houston.


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