The bells of the Washington National Cathedral rang clean on a cloudy day to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.
The bells rang with bells around the country at the exact time King gave his speech 50 years ago.
"We at Washington National Cathedral commit to placing frank dialogue about the need for racial equality, along with other civil rights, at the forefront of our efforts to advance the dream of Dr. King,” said the Cathedral’s dean, the Very Rev. Gary Hall in a statement.
The Cathedral carillon bells in the central tower played the hymns and spirituals, including “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” “We Shall Overcome,” and “My Country ’Tis of Thee.”
The bells rang out Wednesday as thousands gathered on the National Mall to hear three presidents speak about King's legacy and the work to be done to fully achieve his dream.