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MLK 50th Anniversary Bell Toll - Champaign


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On April 4, 2018, all eyes will turn to Memphis Tennessee to remember the tragic assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King 50 years ago that night. Honoring the legacy of Dr. King, bells will toll first at the National Civil Rights Museum at 6:01 pm CST, and then ripple across the nation: in the City of Memphis at 6:03, nationwide at 6:05, and internationally at 6:07 pm CST.

Emmanuel's Deacon Chris Hopkins will be on site in Memphis, but we will be taking part in the event from Champaign. Following our regularly scheduled 5:15 Mass, Emmanuel will participate in the nationwide toll beginning at 6 p.m. with a reading from King's works, followed by 39 tolls of the 1418-pound West Chime tower bell, and a brief prayer.

Join us in the church at the corner of State and University for the bell toll at 6, or begin your observance with the Mass at 5:15 -- or simply pause downtown as you hear the bells, and remember the legacy of Martin Luther King.

To learn more about MLK50: http://mlk50.civilrightsmuseum.org/