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Let Freedom Ring

August 20th, 2013 11:14 am

Our World, His Dream: Freedom – Join Us and Make it Happen!

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 will be 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. We would like to invite you all along with family members and friends to “Let Freedom Ring” bell-ringing event at 2:30pm on Wednesday 28 August 2013, (a half-century to the minute after Dr King delivered his historic address).

We have partnered with members from across the local community including local church leaders, mosques, University of BirminghamPunch Records, and groups from Hall Green District Arts Champions Scheme to attend the bell ringing ceremony, which will be led by the Reverend Canon Pitt, Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Rd, Birchfield, B6 6AG  (we will commence promptly at 2:30pm). 

The event is a befitting occasion at which the participating partners will highlight their programme of event and activities including short performances by specially commissioned artists for Black History Month 2013.