CYNTHIA McKINNEY EMBRACES STANCE AGAINST INTOLERANCE
would have ever thought an African American Mayor would ring a
bell for freedom in Stone Mountain, Georgia"
February 16, 2000
Decatur--In 1963, during his
world famous "I Have A Dream" speech, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
urged the nation to end racial discrimination and to "Let freedom
ring from Stone Mountain, Georgia." Well on Saturday, February 26,
2000, at 11:00 A.M. Mayor Chuck Burris the first African American
mayor in the city of Stone Mountain, Georgia will install a "Freedom
Bell" on main street to carry out Dr. King's dream.
The Freedom Bell will be installed
and rung where the Ku Klux Klan marched for over 60 years. Mayor
Burris and his family currently reside in the former home of the
imperial wizard of the Klan. This bell symbolizes how far the city
of Stone Mountain has come. "This increasingly diverse community
does not want to be associated with the intolerance of racism."