freedom riders http://michiganradio.org en Commemorative Freedom Walk celebrates 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. speech http://michiganradio.org/post/commemorative-freedom-walk-celebrates-50th-anniversary-martin-luther-king-jr-speech <p>Just as his father did fifty years ago, Martin Luther King III will address an expected march of thousands in Detroit.</p><p>This year Detroit celebrates the 50th anniversary of the day Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. <a href="http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/documentsentry/doc_speech_at_the_great_march_on_detroit">stood before 25,000 people at Cobo Hall in Detroit</a> and declared, "I have a dream this afternoon." This was just two months before the historic March on Washington.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 19:15:17 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12975 at http://michiganradio.org Commemorative Freedom Walk celebrates 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. speech Commentary: Following the Freedom Trail http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-following-freedom-trail <p>Half a century ago, a few dozen people, some of them from Michigan, did something terribly brave. They exercised their constitutional right to ride Greyhound buses throughout the south.</p><p>They had interracial couples seated together, and African-Americans sitting up front. The U.S. Supreme Court had repeatedly ruled that segregation on interstate buses and in bus terminal facilities was unconstitutional, and therefore illegal.</p><p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:43:29 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12964 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Following the Freedom Trail