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The Insiders: We have a dream that we’ll see you at 3 p.m. today

Today, Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech officially turns 50. We had a sweet surprise party planned, too, until we found out that towns all over New Hampshire and the country are already planning to celebrate the momentous occasion. Guess we’ll have to return the aftershave and socks we were going to give it.

Concord will be one of several New Hampshire cities and towns taking part in the Let Freedom Ring celebration, in which people across the nation will be ringing bells at 3 p.m. to recognize the 50th anniversary of the moment he uttered those famous words.

Concord’s celebration will take place by the Liberty Bell on the State House lawn at 3 p.m. Participants include Gov. Maggie Hassan, and the festivities will include a reading of the “I have a dream” speech. It won’t include a reading of his less celebrated speech, “I have a dream sometimes where I am having coffee with a dinosaur.”

The Concord celebration is sponsored by New American Africans, the Love Your Neighbor Coalition and the American Friends Service Committee. For more information, contact Maggie Fogarty at 988-7115 or mfogarty@afsc.org.

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Also today, the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will hold a Dying to Talk Cafe event at True Brew Barista at 6 p.m. The discussion is described as an “opportunity to breathe life into conversations about dying and how we live.” The event is free. For more info, call 224-4093, ext. 5815, or visit crvna.org.

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