Montgomery Residents Remember "I Have a Dream" Speech


By Alabama News Network

Fifty years after Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington, DC, people in Montgomery pause to remember his impact on the city, state and world.

The Montgomery church where King once served as pastor joined many other locations in ringing bells at the moment when King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech 50 years ago.

Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in downtown Montgomery rang bells at 2 p.m. CDT as part of the Let Freedom Ring Celebration commemorating King's speech in 1963.

King served as pastor of the church from 1954 to 1960. His leadership of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 made him a national figure in the civil rights movement.

Organizers of the celebration said several members who attended the Montgomery church when King was pastor participated in the bell ringing.

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