Sioux City Remembers MLK's "I Have a Dream" Speech

In Sioux City people gathered at city hall to remember and honor King.

Councilwoman Rhonda Capron spearheaded the "Let Freedom Ring" ceremony which was followed by the ringing of church bells at 3 o'clock this afternoon.

50 years ago Martin Luther King Junior stood on the steps of the Lincoln memorial to give a speech that so many American's will never forget. He had a dream.

"I feel it in my heart. I never met Dr. King personally but I love him for all that he did for us," said Richard E. Hayes, former Sioux City Human Rights Director.

And it's *that* love that brought Hayes to City Hall along with several other people to remember and continue spreading his message.

"It gives me, as a person of my age, to reflect on what the mission was and the fact that when the March, when the volunteers put together the march they didn't anticipate it to be as large as it was," said Carlos Venable-Ridley, who attended the ceremony.

250,000 people showed up to hear what Dr. King had to say. One reason folks here want to continue his work.

Hayes chose to read an excerpt from MLK's "I've been to the Mountaintop" speech.

"A long life, longevity has its place but I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do gods will..." said Martin Luther King Jr on April 3rd, 1968.

"...and he's allowed me to go up the mountain and I've looked over and I've seen the promise land," Hayes said, as he recited Dr. Kings speech.

That would be the last speech the 39-year-old Dr. King would give before being fatally shot at the Lorraine motel in Memphis Tennessee.

But folks here, no they won't let that stop his message from resonating here.