Canterbury Shaker Village Celebrates 51st Anniversary of MLK’s “I Have A Dream Speech”

Canterbury Shaker Village Celebrates 51st Anniversary of MLK’s “I Have A Dream Speech” with Special Tour and Bell Ringing August 28: 500 lb. Paul Revere bell will be rung at 3:00 pm

On August 28, 2014 Canterbury Shaker Village will commemorate the 51st anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream Speech” with a special “Shakers & Equality: Let Freedom Ring” tour at 2:00 pm. The tour, which is free with CSV Let Freedom Ring_DwHouse_Bellmuseum admission, will connect visitors with the Shaker ideals of gender and racial equality. The tour will culminate in the ringing of the 500 lb. Paul Revere bell atop the Dwelling House at 3:00 pm.

On August 28, 1963 at 3:00 p.m., Dr. Martin Luther King first uttered one of the most powerful and memorable phrases in American history, “I have a dream.” Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” marked a crucial turning point in the American Civil Rights movement and asserted his absolute commitment to a nonviolent approach to confronting America’s entrenched system of racial bias. In it, he urged Americans to let freedom ring “….from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.” His words resound through the years, celebrating the progress America has made in the quest for racial justice, and recalling us to the challenges that still confront us as a nation.

For a more information on museum admission and this and other events, please visit www.shakers.org.

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