civil rights movement

8:50 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Detroit woman's murder led to the law that was undone by the Supreme Court

Lessenberry commentary for 6/26/2013

You know by now that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act yesterday. But what you may not know is this: That act was passed by Congress back in 1965 because a white woman from Detroit gave her life in the struggle for civil rights.

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Politics & Government
3:21 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

Detroit marks anniversary of 'I Have a Dream' speech with march

A sign at the march reads "We shall always march ahead; we cannot turn back."
Sarah Kerson Michigan Radio

Fifty years ago this weekend in Detroit, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. previewed his “I Have a Dream” speech before the historic March on Washington.  This morning, Detroiters honored the occasion with a modern civil rights march.

Detroit's Martin Luther King Jr. High School's band led thousands of marchers down Woodward Avenue to Hart Plaza where scheduled speakers included King's son and the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

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