In August 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech in front of thousands gathered in Washington D.C. That historic moment was the focus of Sunday's event in New Bedford honoring the fallen civil rights' leader's life. The ceremony at the Pilgrim United Church also featured musical performances and speeches by local leaders. Keynote speaker Victoria Reggie Kennedy gave thanks to Dr. King and others who marched on Washington that summer for civil rights.

The widow of the late Senator Edward Kennedy also called on those in the audience to go out into their communities, and help make Dr. King's dream of a world without hated and bigotry, a reality. The ceremony closed with a traditional singing of "We Shall Overcome" by those in the audience.