Whether you’re lounging at the beach or shopping at the mall, it’s likely you’ll hear church bells going off at about 3 p.m. today. Hawaii will be one of 300 sites asked to ring a bell to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous speech. From places of worship to government buildings, bells will be sounding across every state. The “Associated Press” reports that places, like Alaska, will ring cow bells to celebrate King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the freedom that came after the civil rights movement. This is a unique way of bringing together people across the nation and reminding us of the freedom we have been granted as Americans. It is also a sad reminder that prejudice and injustice still exists, even in the Aloha State. Oftentimes, we forget that there’s more to Martin Luther King than a holiday. To think that it was just 50 years ago he stood at the top of the Lincoln Memorial, in front of all those people. Saying he has truly made a difference would be a complete understatement; King changed our lives for the better. So no matter where you are today – whether vacationing in Hawaii or coming home from work – take a moment to think about these things. How it has impacted your lives and the lives of others. And how you as an American can carry out the good of Martin Luther King.

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