ADVISORY: Civil Rights Groups to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Walk to Freedom March

Who: Rev. Wendell Anthony, NAACP Detroit Branch President; Jimmy Settles, UAW Vice President and National Ford Department Director; Roslyn M. Brock, NAACP National Board of Directors Chairman; Benjamin Todd Jealous, NAACP President and CEO; Rev. Jesse Louis Jackson, Rainbow Push Founder; Rev. Dr. CT Vivian, Lieutenant to Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.; Martin Luther King III, son of The Dreamer; Mr. Dick Gregory, comedian and social activist; Rev. Al Sharpton, National Talk Show Host and National Action Network Founder; national board members and organizational leaders from throughout the nation

What: In 1963, prior to the historic March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. marched down Woodward Avenue to rally for jobs, justice, and peace. The Detroit Branch of the NAACP and UAW- Ford will commemorate the Walk to Freedom/Freedom Walk’s 50th anniversary on Saturday.

This year, the walks theme is “We Shall Not Default on Our Dreams.” Events scheduled around the march will focus on job creation, violence, and the civil rights issues of today.

A rally will commence at the end of the march.

Saturday, June 22, 2013, 9:00am
Start – Woodward Avenue at Forest Street
Finish – Hart Plaza

You can register for the MLK Think Tank for Social Action Conference on June 21 here:

For media inquiries contact Ben Wrobel at or 917-846-0658.


Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities.  You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.

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