The New Hampshire Council of Churches
Be part of this historic moment!
Let Freedom Ring "from the Prodigious Hilltops of New Hampshire"
Calling Congregations to Ring Bells
on Wednesday August 28, 2013, at 3:00 p.m.
On Wednesday, August 28, 1963, 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.
Some ideas from the NH HUMANITIES COUNCIL
In the spirit of what Dr. King called "the fierce urgency of now," the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change invites people across the country to celebrate the Civil Rights leader's vision by ringing bells at 3 p.m. on August 28th, the 50th anniversary of his speech. New Hampshire is the first state in the nation to announce participation in this anniversary, which will be the subject of an upcoming national campaign by the King Center.
Some suggestions for marking the anniversary from the King Center--Get your community engaged!
1. Ask every church in your community (and other organizations possessing a large bell) to ring it on August 28th at 3 p.m.
2. Gather people in your community to read or watch Dr. King's speech and pause at 3 p.m. to ring bells.
3. Contact your local school to suggest that they organize a viewing or reading of the speech and a bell ringing ceremony at 3 p.m.
4. If your community doesn't have a facility with a large bell, play a recording of bells ringing.
5. Organize other related events including talks by members of the community who were involved in the Civil Rights movement,
a discussion of a book or film related to Dr. King or Civil Rights, or
a vigil that will culminate in the ringing of bells at 3 p.m.
In addition, please let us at the NHCC know what you have planned, if you are ringing you bell/s-- this will help us track responses and keep others informed. Thanks for your participation. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org