50th Anniversary of Kings's speech!

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The annual Official Launch of Birmingham Black History Month at The Drum in partnership with Birmingham City Council seeks to celebrate achievements, contributions and struggles of African, Asian and Caribbean people within the context of their diversity and heritage. This year’s launch programme commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. On August 28 1963 Dr King addressed over 250,000 Civil Rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom”. 

The speech was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement and is regarded as the most iconic American speech of the 20th century by a 1999 poll of scholars of public address.The Drum wishes to acknowledge this epoch defining moment by taking part in a global celebration coordinated by The King Centre in Atlanta, Georgia. To help culminate the 50th
Anniversary of The March on Washington and Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech with “Let Freedom Ring” bell-ringing events at 3pm (GMT) on Wednesday August 28 2013, a half-century to the minute after Dr King delivered his historic address.

The Drum has organised this historic event in partnership with members from across the local community including local church leaders, mosques, University of Birmingham, Punch Records, and groups from Hall Green District Arts Champions Scheme to attend the bell ringing ceremony. The service led by the Reverend Canon Pitt will take place on Wednesday 28th August at Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Rd, Birchfield, B6 6AG and commence at 2.30pm, promptly. The event will demonstrate the enduring spirit and legacy of Dr King’s speech within the context of Birmingham’s diverse communities and the universal campaign for equality and social justice. It is also a befitting occasion at which the participating partners will highlight their programme of event and activities for Black History 2013. It will finish with a short performance by specially commissioned artists interpreting the speech and its impact on their lives.  (Thanks to Bro' Pilot for info.)

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