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MLK Day event canceled at Liberty Bell in Independence NHP because of shutdown

The King Day National Bell Ceremony is not going to happen at the Liberty Bell Center this year, another casualty of the federal shutdown.

“It’s the first time we ever missed the ceremony in 36 years,” said Dr. William Tucker, chair of the Martin Luther King Jr. Association for Nonviolence Inc., which sponsors the yearly ceremony, and widower of the ceremony’s founder, C. Delores Tucker, a civil rights activist who became Pennsylvania’s secretary of state and joined King’s late widow, Coretta Scott King, in helping persuade President Ronald Reagan to sign legislation authorizing the memorial bell-ring.

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