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Wisconsin has online bell ringing in honor of 50th anniversary of "Dream" speech

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Wisconsin officially marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech by ringing an online bell on the anniversary’s official Web site.

The slain civil rights leader delivered his plea for racial equality on August 28th of 1963 in Washington.

Wednesday, thousands jammed the National Mall in Washington, where President Obama urged each person to become a modern-day marcher for racial and economic justice.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker issued a proclamation declaring Wednesday as “Let Freedom Ring Day.” Bell-ringings were set to take place around the world at 3 p.m. local time.

Walker was in Milwaukee at the time, taking part in a motorcycle ride to mark Harley-Davidson’s 110th anniversary. His office said it rang a virtual bell on the commemoration’s Internet site.