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MLK and The D

Shortly before he gave his historic "I Have A Dream" speech at the March on Washington in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. previewed parts of that same speech in Detroit in June of that year at the Detroit "Freedom Walk." The march along Woodward Avenue (captured in that grainy picture above) drew about 125,000 participants, including local luminaries such as Walter Reuther and Rev. C.L. Franklin. At the time, the Detroit march was the largest civil-rights march in history.

Here's a text of that speech if you're interested.

(I also found a transcript to another potent speech King gave a few months later, in December, when he returned to the state for a speech at Western Michigan University. Also worth reading...)

King's last speech in the area came in March 1968, when he spoke in to a tense and packed house at Grosse Pointe High (now Grosse Pointe South), delivering a powerful keynote entitled "The Other America." You can hear an audio clip here.

Just wanted to give a brief nod to the man...Feel free to share relevant thoughts, comments, information, etc., about Dr. King and his relationship to Detroit and our struggles, past and present. Good book and film recommendations are always appreciated.

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