LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The walk to freedom

To the Editor:

I am writing to thank Cappy Beins Fishbach for her article “Moving Tribute Honors Great American on his National Holiday.”

We appreciate Ms. Fishbach for attending the event that was organized by the Martin Luther King Program Committee under the direction of Pastor Denise Suttles, and sharing his experiences with the readers of this newspaper. I would also like to clarify some of the information in his article regarding the Freedom March in Detroit.

As stated in Mr. Fishbach’s article, I mention that there were more than 15,000 people in the crowd watching from rooftops and sidewalks, I would like to add that they watched as more than 125,000 people marched down Woodward Avenue with Dr. King.

The march was organized by the Detroit Council for Human Rights under the direction of Rev. C. L. Franklin, chairman.

Cobo Hall, where the march ended and Dr. King spoke, was filled to capacity with monitors outside for the overflow.

The Walk to Freedom in Detroit on June 23, 1963 took place two months before Dr. King delivered his famous, “I Have A Dream” speech in Washington and he ended his speech in Detroit saying:

“I have a dream this afternoon that my four little children, that my four little children will not come up in the same young days that I came up within, but they will be judged on the basis of the content of their character, not the color of their skin.

“I have a dream this afternoon that one day right here in Detroit, Negroes will be able to buy a house or rent a house anywhere that their money will carry them and they will be able to get a job.”

As a Michigander, I am proud to know that this defining moment of civil rights history took place in Detroit and that the seeds of Dr. King’s dream were planted in Michigan in Detroit’s - Cobo Hall.

More information regarding this historic march is available on the State of Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources website http://ww.Michigan.gov/dnr and Absolute Michigan’s website http://www.absolutemichigan.com.

Colleen Carrington