Two months before the 1963 march on Washington, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a “Dream Speech” in Detroit.
“A Walk for Freedom” had been organized in Detroit by the Rev. C.L. Franklin, a good friend of King and father of soul singer Aretha Franklin.
More than 100,000 people, led by King, Franklin and the UAW’s Walter Reuther, walked down the city’s Woodward Avenue on June 23, 1963. At the time, it was the largest civil rights march in American history.
That changed 50 years ago today, when King delivered a refined version of the famous “I Have A Dream” speech.
Like King, C.L. Franklin would die as a result of a violent attack. He was shot in his home in 1979, during a reported robbery attempt, and spent the next five years in a coma. Franklin was 69 when he died in 1984.