BENEFITING: WOODWARD AVENUE ACTION ASSOCIATION INC
EVENT DATE: Aug 25, 2014
Starting Date: June 23, 2014 – the 51st anniversary of the Walk to Freedom
Ending Date: August 25, 2014 – the 51st anniversary of the D.C. speech
On June 23, 1963, a crowd of 125,000 gathered on Woodward Avenue in Detroit to participate in the Walk to Freedom. The event provided the forum to speak out against segregation and the brutality that met civil rights activists in the south while addressing concerns of African Americans in the urban north including inequality in hiring practices, wages, education and housing. June 23rd was selected to honor the 20th anniversary of The Detroit Race Riot in which over two dozen people were killed and many more injured. Ministers and leaders of local and national organizations participated including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who after the walk gave an impassioned speech – a precursor and dress rehearsal to his famous I Have a Dream speech delivered two month later in Washington D.C. Help us create a permanent and prominent commemoration of these events with a MLK Woodward Avenue Tribute.