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      Michigan Tech joins the nation in bell ringing ceremony

      Universities across the nation took part in the "Let Freedom Ring" bell chiming to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a speech that changed the course of history.

      On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King delivered his â??I Have a Dreamâ?? speech at the March on Washington and marked a change in the Civil Rights movement.

      Wednesday, Michigan Tech joined the nation in ringing its bells at three oâ??clock with long, deep, solemn drawls to personify the tone of Kingâ??s history-changing speech.

      â??We thought it was important to bring attention to this very important historical event, especially to the students, especially to the new students that are here,â?? explained Michigan Tech librarian Ellen Marks.

      And though students were busy with orientation activities, they took time to remember their countryâ??s history.

      â??I think itâ??s important because it reminds us of who we are and what people had to do to get that opportunity for everyone,â?? said Michigan Tech freshman Nick Lanter.

      Though Kingâ??s speech wasnâ??t even 20 minutes long, it has stood the test of time and helped make our country what it is today.

      â??This is exactly what he wanted,â?? said Michigan Tech senior Eric Johnson. â??He wanted exposure; he wanted everyone to know what was happening.â??

      And while we honor the past and remember the struggle some fought for many, we also look ahead to the future.

      â??We are definitely in a better place than we were back then, but no job is complete,â?? Johnson added. â??Thereâ??s always more improvement to go, more things to do, things to improve on. Itâ??s always a work in progress.â??