CANTERBURY — Canterbury Shaker Village will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's I Have A Dream Speech with a special "Shakers & Equality: Let Freedom Ring" tour on Wednesday, August 28 at 2 p.m. The tour, which is free with museum admission, will connect visitors with the Shaker ideals of gender and racial equality. The tour will culminate in the ringing of the 500 lb. Paul Revere bell atop the Dwelling House at 3 p.m.
On August 28, 1963 at 3 p.m. Dr. Martin Luther King first uttered one of the most powerful and memorable phrases in American history, "I have a dream." Dr. King's I Have a Dream Speech marked a crucial turning point in the American Civil Rights movement and asserted his absolute commitment to a nonviolent approach to confronting America's entrenched system of racial bias. In it, he urged Americans to let freedom ring "....from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire." His words resound through the years, celebrating the progress America has made in the quest for racial justice, and recalling us to the challenges that still confront us as a nation.
In the spirit of what Dr. King called "the fierce urgency of now," the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change has invited people across the country to celebrate the Civil Rights leader's vision by ringing bells. New Hampshire, led by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, is the first state to announce its participation in this national commemoration.
For more information on museum admission and events, visit www.shakers.org.
CAPTION — 500 lb. Paul Revere bell atop Canterbury Shaker Village Dwelling House which will be rung at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's I Have a Dream Speech. (Courtesy photo)