If you’re in the Wellesley Square area at 7:05pm on Wednesday, April 4, turn your head in the direction of Wellesley College and listen for the bells. To commemorate the 5oth anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., the Wellesley College Guild of Carillonneurs will participate in the MLK50 Bell Toll.
Part of the National Day of Remembrance hosted by the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., the bell ringing will both mark the loss of the great civil rights leader and celebrate his accomplishments.
Bells will ring first at the museum at 6:01 pm CST, then around the nation at 6:05 CST (7:05 pm on Wellesley’s campus) and across the world at 6:07 pm CST. The bells will toll 39 times—once for each year of King’s life.
The Wellesley carillonneurs will also perform a concert following the bell tolling, culminating in “Lift Every Voice and Sing” to honor King.