WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH)-- At 3:00 this afternoon, bells rang across Connecticut marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. In many communities, people are remembering the spirit of the march and the iconic words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
At 3 PM, bells could be heard ringing outside Mt. Olive Ame church in Waterbury.
Inside sat Emma Daffin, or as she's known by this congregation, Ms. Emma.
"There is nothing that we can't do if we follow God's will," said Daffin.
She was there, along members of the Waterbury community and public officials, to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther Kings "I Have a Dream speech," much like she was 50 years ago .
"On the march on Washington, I was there. In fact, you could move Dr. King out of the way, you could see my face," said Daffin.
Much has changed since 1963, but Ms. Emma insists more still needs to be done.
"Very few people are participating in making that dream come through because it's not a done deal," said Daffin.
But Ms. Emma acknowledges some progress has been made, which is why it's so important she says people take time to pause, even with cane in hand to let freedom ring .
"I think he's looking down saying, smiling, that part of his dream is coming true," said Daffin.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP/WTNH) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy asked Connecticut residents and organizations to ring bells to commemorate the 50th anniversary of when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
The bell-ringing began at 3 p.m. Bells rang for several minutes in New Haven and other cities and towns.
Malloy said the civil rights leader's "message of freedom, equality and liberty resonates as strongly today as it did 50 years ago."
King's family has invited every state to participate in the day of remembrance by ringing bells in unison at churches, schools and other venues where there are bells.
Malloy will join the bell-ringing at the Mt. Olive AME Zion Church in Waterbury. Later on Wednesday, he is scheduled to give remarks at "The Dream Continues Ceremony" in Manchester.
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