ATLANTA (AP) - To kick off a series of events to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech, a Georgia third-grader's rendition of the words brought civil rights leaders and a former president to their feet.
Eight-year-old Zaqary Asuamah of Decatur got a standing ovation from Jimmy Carter, King's daughter Bernice King and others Sunday at the Carter Center in Atlanta.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the event kicked off upcoming festivities honoring the 1963 March on Washington. A series of tributes are planned, including another march in Washington and the ceremonial ringing of bells across the nation to honor King's hope of hearing freedom ring.
Carter said that when he ran for president, the King family's support helped convince many black voters that he could be trusted.