freedom walk http://michiganradio.org en Detroit celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Walk tomorrow http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-celebrates-50th-anniversary-freedom-walk-tomorrow <p>This Saturday marks the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the 1963 Freedom Walk led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Detroit.</p><p>A commemorative march down Woodward Avenue is planned for 9 a.m. tomorrow morning.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 16:12:08 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13185 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Walk tomorrow The Living Room: Beyond the dream, 50 years later http://michiganradio.org/post/living-room-beyond-dream-50-years-later <p>The Living Room is our on-going storytelling series&nbsp;produced by Allison Downey and Zak Rosen. Today's show: Beyond the Dream, 50 years later. &nbsp;</p><p>August 28th marks the 50th anniversary of what might be the most celebrated political gathering in our nation's history. Close to a quarter of a million people poured onto the Washington Mall to show their solidarity with the growing Civil Rights Movement. It was The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The March might be best known as the venue where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his now iconic I Have a Dream Speech.</p><p>But he didn't debut the speech in Washington D.C.</p><p>King gave an earlier version of his now famous speech in Detroit, on June&nbsp;23rd&nbsp;of 1963. Some&nbsp;Detroiters&nbsp;contend that the events of that weekend are just as relevant, if not more so, than the March on Washington.</p><p>The Detroit Walk to Freedom was organized by the The Detroit Council for Human Rights. It was conceived as a way to commemorate the race riot that took place in the city 20 years earlier. But it was also an event to protest the current state of race and economic relations both in the urban north and the American south.</p><p>Living Room Producer Zak Rosen spoke with a handful of&nbsp;Detroiters&nbsp;who were at the gathering in June of '63.</p><p><em>For more information on the commemorative marches taking place in Detroit, visit the following websites:</em><br><a style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204); line-height: 14px; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" href="http://moratorium-mi.org/50th-anniversary-march-in-commemoration-of-the-great-march-to-freedom-saturday-june-22-9-am/" target="_blank">http://moratorium-mi.org/50th-<wbr>anniversary-march-in-<wbr>commemoration-of-the-great-<wbr>march-to-freedom-saturday-<wbr>june-22-9-am/</a><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14px; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14px; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><a style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204); line-height: 14px; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" href="http://www.freedomwalkdetroit.com/" target="_blank">http://www.freedomwalkdetroit.<wbr>com/</a></p><p><em>To hear the full story, click the audio above.</em></p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 21:36:14 +0000 Stateside Staff 13166 at http://michiganradio.org The Living Room: Beyond the dream, 50 years later 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