The Norman Transcript

August 28, 2013

Bell ringing ceremony to recognize speech

Associated Press
The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — A bell ringing ceremony is planned at the Oklahoma History Center in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech 50 years ago in Washington.

The ceremony will be 2 p.m. today at the center’s Walter Plaza.

An Oklahoman who participated in the 1963 March on Washington, Ayanna Najuma, will speak during the program.

State Rep. Anastasia Pittman, the chair of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus, said she was contacted by Gov. Mary Fallin’s office to put on the event.

Oklahoma City NAACP branch President Garland Pruitt is expected to discuss the 1965 Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act.

A 2:30 p.m. bell-ringing ceremony also will take place in Tulsa.