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June 21, 2013


Photo: the Great March to Freedom in Detroit
The Great March to Freedom in Detroit
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The Dream Before The Dream: Dress Rehearsal Of A Big Speech

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Zak Rosen

On June 23, 1963, labor and church leaders organized tens of thousands of people in Detroit for the Great March to Freedom. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke, and used some of the phrases that two months later became the iconic “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington. On occasion of the speeches’ 50th anniversary, we hear from long time Detroit residents about that first march and what it accomplished.


"Spinning" by the Stereofidelics; My Dream by J. Period and k'naan

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