Ex-Judge Who Marched With King In Detroit Says Freedom Still at Risk In Baltimore

It’s been more than a half century since civil rights activists boarded buses and took a dangerous trip through the segregated south in what was known as the Freedom Rides.

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James Del Rio marches with Martin Luther King Jr. in Detroit, 1963.

Historians say the national attention garnered by the Freedom Riders convinced Dr. Martin Luther King Junior to spotlight the civil rights movement years later with his original “I Have A Dream” speech in Detroit.

Businessman and former judge James Del Rio helped bring King to Detroit.

Now 91 years old, Del Rio tells WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter the civil rights struggle still echoes in events unfolding today.

Image credit: Tony Spina/Detroit Free Press

About the Author

Quinn Klinefelter

Senior News Editor

I grab news in the morning, check the papers and the wires, call sources and take a big gulp of coffee. That’s how I start the day.


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