City, nation prepare to celebrate 50th anniversary of 'I Have a Dream'
Americans will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech Wednesday with an address from President Barack Obama and bell ringing throughout the nation.
President Barack Obama will open the nationwide festivities, know as "Let Freedom Ring and Call to Action," with a speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial that will end with nationwide bell ringing at 3 p.m.
State Sen. Bill Perkins said it was important that New Yorkers commemorate the anniversary because Dr. King's call for equality is still relevant today.
"It will remind us of his sacrifice and his great urgency for us to be a better community. It will make us act better toward one another," he said.
Obama's address will wrap up more than a week of events marking the anniversary of the march, which helped to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1964.