|Celebrating the 50-year Anniversary of the March on Washington|
|Written by Joshua Smith|
"Let Freedom Ring"
As millions of people across the state, nation and world celebrated the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington, local dignitaries joined residents on the top of Stone Mountain to celebrate the historic moment, ring a symbolic bell and figuratively “Let freedom ring.”
“I want to teach my son to carry out Dr. King’s dream everyday and to be a peacemaker in this community,” said Cheryl Johnson, who brought her 6-year-old son, Naim, to the event. “I went to Douglass High School when Daddy King came to speak at our school and helped us celebrate the first time the nation nationally recognized Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. My father was a professor at Morehouse, my mother worked at the Auburn Avenue library. This is living history for us. I’m honored to stand here today.”
In the now-famous “Dream” speech, Dr. King gave a direct message to the city of Stone Mountain, stating: “But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring.”
“It is truly a blessing to gather here on this hallowed rock. You see the history of Stone Mountain is deeply rooted in racial intolerance, bigotry and even hate,” said Georgia Sen. Emanuel Jones, who heads up the state’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Advisory Council. “Today, we stand united in a single purpose to celebrate the life, legacy and the dream of Georgia’s native son, or ambassador to the world, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King on this day, some 50 years ago, aroused the consciousness of America.”
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