Tonight at 7:05 p.m., the Bennett College Bell will ring in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His 39 years were “too short… yet long enough.” We can never repay the debt of gratitude for the freedoms Dr. King helped to achieve. Each time we cast a ballot, gather in public spaces or confront social injustices, we do so because of his legacy.
Dr. King’s unfinished work has taken on greater urgency in today’s turbulent times. Tonight, led by the National Civil Rights Museum and The King Center, there will be ceremonial bell tollings at places of worship, on college campuses and at other businesses and institutions across the country to honor Dr. King. To acknowledge the 39 years he lived, bells will ring 39 times across the nation.
The bells will first ring at the National Civil Rights Museum at 6:01 p.m. Central Standard Time, which is 7:01 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Bells will chime in the City of Memphis at 6:03 p.m. CST (7:03 p.m. EST), nationally at 6:05 p.m. CST (7:05 p.m. EST) and internationally at 6:07 p.m. CST (7:07 p.m. EST).
So, tonight at 7:05 p.m., the members of the Zeta Xi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated ® hope you will join us them in a solemn but highly important reflection as they ring the Bennett College Bell 39 times to honor Dr. King.