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PHOTOS: Concord area commemorates 50th anniversary of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech

  • From left, Natalie Michaud, 14, reaches to help her sister Aimee, 10, and Teresa Wyman ring the 500-pound Paul Revere bell at Canterbury Shaker Village at 3PM on Wednesday afternoon, August 28, 2013 during a statewide observance of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech." To mark the occasion, the Canterbury Shaker Village offered a special tour connecting visitors with Shaker ideals of racial and gender equality. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    From left, Natalie Michaud, 14, reaches to help her sister Aimee, 10, and Teresa Wyman ring the 500-pound Paul Revere bell at Canterbury Shaker Village at 3PM on Wednesday afternoon, August 28, 2013 during a statewide observance of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech." To mark the occasion, the Canterbury Shaker Village offered a special tour connecting visitors with Shaker ideals of racial and gender equality.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Russell Weatherspoon, of Exeter, Dr. Candace Cole-McCrea, of Milton, and Rep. Linda Harriott-Gathright, of Nashua, listen as the final portion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech is read on the steps of the State House in Concord on Wednesday afternoon, August 28, 2013. Residents from around the state gathered in Concord to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the speech.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

    Russell Weatherspoon, of Exeter, Dr. Candace Cole-McCrea, of Milton, and Rep. Linda Harriott-Gathright, of Nashua, listen as the final portion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech is read on the steps of the State House in Concord on Wednesday afternoon, August 28, 2013. Residents from around the state gathered in Concord to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the speech.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

  • From left, Natalie Michaud, 14, reaches to help her sister Aimee, 10, and Teresa Wyman ring the 500-pound Paul Revere bell at Canterbury Shaker Village at 3PM on Wednesday afternoon, August 28, 2013 during a statewide observance of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech." To mark the occasion, the Canterbury Shaker Village offered a special tour connecting visitors with Shaker ideals of racial and gender equality. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Russell Weatherspoon, of Exeter, Dr. Candace Cole-McCrea, of Milton, and Rep. Linda Harriott-Gathright, of Nashua, listen as the final portion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech is read on the steps of the State House in Concord on Wednesday afternoon, August 28, 2013. Residents from around the state gathered in Concord to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the speech.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

On Aug. 28, 1963, at 3 p.m., the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech to the crowd gathered for the March on Washington. It was a defining moment for the American Civil Rights movement. Fifty years later, the Concord community, along with much of the nation, commemorated that historic moment with events that reflected the importance of progress in the quest for racial, gender and economic equality and freedom.

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