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Arts & Culture
3:15 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Commemorative Freedom Walk celebrates 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. speech

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at Cobo Hall in Detroit, June 22, 1963.
Credit 50th Anniversary Freedom Walk Facebook Page

Just as his father did fifty years ago, Martin Luther King III will address an expected march of thousands in Detroit.

This year Detroit celebrates the 50th anniversary of the day Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stood before 25,000 people at Cobo Hall in Detroit and declared, "I have a dream this afternoon." This was just two months before the historic March on Washington.

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Politics & Government
8:43 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Commentary: Following the Freedom Trail

Lessenberry commentary for 6/10/2013

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.

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.

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