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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The March on Washington

August 23rd, 2013

It has been a half century since the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. gave his monumental "I have a Dream" speech in front of 250,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial. Beginning Monday and leading up to the anniversary, WDET will present stories and conversations commemorating the 1963 "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom" during Morning Edition, The Craig Fahle Show, All Things Considered and The Takeaway.

Monday: The March on Washington featured just one prominent white speaker. It was the legendary president of the United Auto Workers Union, Walter Reuther. While you may not remember or even knew that he spoke, Wayne State labor historian Mike Smith talks to us about the significance of the March.

Tuesday: We'll hear about the differences between Martin Luther King's historic speech, and its prelude given in Detroit.

Wednesday: The Reverend Nicholas Hood, Sr. reflects on his role as an organizer for Dr. King, and the day leading up to the March. We also hear what Martin Luther King Jr. means to Detroiters and provide special live coverage of the 50th anniversary celebration at 2.m.

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What does Martin Luther King Jr. mean to you?