Bells and Conversations on 50th Anniversary of a Dream

Glenn Ligon (b. 1960), Untitled (I Am a Man), 1988. Oil and enamel on canvas. Collection of the artist © Glenn Ligon; photograph by Ronald Amstutz. Ligon’s reinterpretation of the signs carried during the Memphis Sanitation Strike in 1968, visited by Dr. King weeks before his assassination.

Glenn Ligon (b. 1960), Untitled (I Am a Man), 1988. Oil and enamel on canvas. Collection of the artist © Glenn Ligon; photograph by Ronald Amstutz. Ligon’s reinterpretation of the signs carried during the Memphis Sanitation Strike in 1968, visited by Dr. King weeks before his assassination.

More than 300 sites in nearly every state will ring their bells at 3 pm today (either local time or EDT), the hour when Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington 50 years ago. In Dallas, this will take place at Thanks-Giving Square Chapel, presented by U.S. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson. The celebration will begin at 1 pm.

For those who want the conversation to continue, SMU will host a debate with Wiley College on whether America is moving forward on King’s dream. The program begins at 7 pm in the Umphrey Lee Center. Also at 7 pm, Houston’s Rothko Chapel will host a “community conversation” on the current state of the dream, moderated by diversity trainer and author, Tracy Brown

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