On Monday in honor of him, a local church organized a peaceful march.
Marchers took to the streets of downtown Detroit to honor the man with a dream.
"This is the 12th annual Detroit Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. rally and march," said Abayoui Azikiwe, of the planning committee. "We are continuing the social justice, anti-war and peace legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Selma campaign. We realize that the struggle is by no means over."
Marchers say every step they take and every shout they yell, is to keep King's dream alive.
"We have to advance human rights because there is so much more that needs to be done," said Cary McGhee of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights.
Organizers say some of the same issues King marched for in the 1960s are the same issues they march for today.
"That's what propelled people to want to march from Selma to Montgomery," Azikiwe said. "The police killing of a young African-American. What we've seen now the last seven months in the United States, unfortunately we're still dealing with those issues."
Participants say they will continue to hold signs and continue marching until justice is a reality for all.
"We want justice for innocent blacks that are being killed," said one activist. "There's no peace anymore. We need to march to get people to understand what we're doing out here."
"A lot of issues that Dr King fought against, we have to raise our hands to fight against, again," Azikiwe said.