The Detroit Branch NAACP is preparing for an exciting weekend of Black empowerment and celebration with its June Jubilee weekend of events to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the 1963 Detroit Walk to Freedom, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. first gave an early version of his “I Have a Dream” speech before his famous national address two months later in Washington, D.C.
At a news conference on May 23, Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony announced the weekend-long slate of events taking place June 22-25, kicking off with the Freedom Walk Summit. Celebrations will also include an unveiling of a Martin Luther King statue at Hart Plaza, the 60th-anniversary commemoration of the Freedom Walk, and the 68th annual Fight for Freedom Fund dinner at Huntington Place.
In partnership with BridgeDetroit, reporter Micah Walker attended the conference and brings viewers comments from Rev. Dr. Anthony and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, as well as other city and community leaders involved in the planning of the walk and other June Jubilee weekend events.
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