In 1993, while I was working as an editorial assistant for Michigan History Magazine, I wrote an article about the Walk for Freedom march that took place in Detroit on this date in 1963. I was quite intrigued by the fact that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a portion of his "I Have a Dream Speech" in Detroit two months before delivering those famous words on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on Aug. 23, 1963.
I remember former Michigan Gov. John Swainson, who was still quite active in Lansing, MI, at that time, asked the magazine to cover the thirty year anniversary of the event. (I also remember that he liked the article -- which was quite an honor for a newbie writer). The now late Swainson had walked with King and others, including Walter Reuther, Detroit Mayor Jerome Cavanagh down Woodward Avenue and Rev. C.L. Franklin on that summer day in Detroit.
Attached are the PDF files of the article as it appeared in Michigan History Magazine in Sept./Oct. 1993.
Marching for Freedom by Tiffany B. Dziurman, Page 1
Marching for Freedom by Tiffany B. Dziurman, Page 2