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Local residents gather to commemorate MLK's "I Have A Dream" speech

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- DeKalb County residents and people from all over the metro met up at Stone Mountain to "let freedom ring" from the mountaintop. 

The event was held to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech. 

In fact, Martin Luther King Jr. mentioned Stone Mountain in the final phrases of his great speech looking out onto the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. 

At the mountain's peak, a local student read the speech and reflected on it's meaning.

Democratic state Sen. Emanuel Jones of Decatur joined DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May, Stone Mountain Mayor Pat Wheeler and others Wednesday afternoon as anniversary events took place across the country.

The Stone Mountain ceremony culminated with the ringing of bells, similar to an event at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King once preached.

A church reverend delivered a call to action sermon and the church played a recording of King's "I Have a Dream" speech, which was delivered in front of thousands who gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

Similar bell ringing ceremonies were held around the country.


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