Throwback Thursday: March to Freedom with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The day is June 23, 1963. Thousands lined the streets of Woodward Avenue. This would be the day Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would deliver an early version of his 'I Have a Dream' speech -- right here in Detroit. 

The black-and-white photograph shows the March to Freedom at the intersection of Woodward and Michigan avenues at Campus Martius. 

In the photo, try to spot the Detroit Opera House; the Bagley Memorial Fountain; the David Stott Building; J.L. Hudson's; and the Book Tower. That construction you see is the beginning stages of what would become 1001 Woodward. 

Dr. King delivered his speech later that night at Cobo Hall. He would go on to give the final version of the speech on the steps on the Lincoln Memorial two months later, on August 28 in Washington, D.C. 
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