Join WCHB News Talk 1200 as we participate in the Freedom Walk: The 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the March down Woodward Avenue on June 22nd beginning at 9 a.m. It has been 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. walked down Woodward Avenue in what would be portrayed as the “Walk to Freedom”. We are indebted to those men and women who laid the foundation for Dr. King to use the City of Detroit as a national platform to engage in the most necessary discussion for jobs, justice, and peace.
On Friday, June 21, The NAACP will have Voices for Action panel discussions dealing with ending racism, anti-Semitism, Islamaphobia, jobs, economic development, putting the neighbor back in the neighborhood, ending youth violence… to name only a few.This will be held at the International Training Center of UAW-Ford at 151 West Jefferson. Sessions will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Panel leaders for these discussions will be both national and local experts and workers in the fields currently providing strategies for new directions. The NAACP will have Mr. Tony Brown, the original coordinator of the 1963 March, as a special speaker on Friday.
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June 22nd at 9 a.m will be a national march. We will gather at the cross streets Woodward and Forest and finish at Hart Plaza. The NAACP is pleased to announce Mr. Ben Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP; Rev. Jesse Louis Jackson, Founder of Rainbow PUSH; Rev. Dr. CT Vivian, Lieutenant to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; Mr. Dick Gregory, comedian and social activist; Martin Luther King III, son of The Dreamer; Rev. Al Sharpton, National Talk Show Host and Founder of the National Action Network; along with national board members and organizational leaders from throughout the nation will attend the event.
WCHB News Talk 1200 and the NAACP would like to encourage and invite all people, all races, young and old to join with us for this historic moment in time. Detroit hosted the 30th commemoration in 1993, the 40th commemoration in 2003, and now the 50th commemoration in 2013.
Take a step towards freedom, justice, and equality in 2013. It is not where you have been, it is about where you are going. We are going towards a better Detroit, better Michigan, better jobs, better justice, and a better peace in our communities. We urge everyone to join WCHB News Talk 1200 and the NAACP in this grand celebration of transforming the dream of 1963 into the reality of 2013.
People often ask why The NAACP is marching in commemoration of the dream. Quite simply because some things need to change. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability but comes through continuous struggle. So we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent”. As we Walk to Freedom down Woodward Avenue we will walk with our backs straight, and our eyes focused, looking towards a brighter future.
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