On August 28, 2013, at 3:00 p.m., the Guild of Chimers of General Theological Seminary played a special selection of hymns to mark an occasion of great historical significance, the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington. It was at 3:00 p.m. on that day in 1963 that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Churches, schools and other communities throughout the nation will also were ringing bells.
From Peter Secor, Chief Chimer:
This speech, no doubt, has altered the course of equality in the United States. By the purpose and example of his speech, we continue to strive to find a way that we may, as he proclaimed, “one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but the content of their character.” Dr. King’s dream lives on. I urge you to pray in thanksgiving for the life of Dr. King, a saint of The Episcopal Church, to pray for the message of that speech, whose relevance has not gone away, and to pray that we may more effectively live out Christ’s mission of love for all of us, that we may see it lived out in all our brothers and sisters in Jesus!
Members of the Seminary community were welcomed to join the Chimers in the Bell Tower for this special observance.
When we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every city and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last, free at last, great God almighty, we are free at last.”
— The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.