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U.Va. to mark 50 years since MLK's 'Dream' speech

Wednesday - 8/28/2013, 6:39am  ET

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Like the rest of the nation, Virginia is marking the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a Dream" speech.

At 3 p.m. Wednesday, the bells at the University of Virginia's chapel will ring to recognize the civil rights leader's delivery of his signature speech to 250,000 people who gathered in Washington for the watershed march for jobs and freedom.

The bells will also sound on other campuses around the state, as well as the bell tower on Capitol Square in Richmond.

At U.Va., the Office for Diversity and Equity will host an event prior to the bell ringing during which students will read parts of King's speech. At a separate event, speakers will discuss ways to revitalize the purpose of King's speech.

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