Martin Luther King, Jr. Official Program, Detroit Council for Human Rights “Walk to Freedom” with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan, Sun. Jun 23, 1963 - 5pm. 8 pages. Portrait of MLK on cover. In Detroit Dr. King used the words “I Have A Dream” in this speech, King said: “I have a dream this afternoon that my four little children, that my four little children will not come up in the same young days that I came up within, but they will be judged on the basis of the content of their character, not the color of their skin…” This notably documents that over two months before his famous “I have a Dream Speech” in Washington, he was already thinking about and developing these important ideas and phrases.
Dr. King’s speech in Detroit touched on many of the same themes as his famous “I Have A Dream” speech later in the summer. Dr King declared "And so this afternoon, I have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream […] I have a dream that one day, right down in Georgia and Mississippi and Alabama, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to live together as brothers. I have a dream this afternoon that one day, one day little white children and little Negro children will be able to join hands as brothers and sisters […] I have a dream this afternoonThe Detroit Walk to Freedom had two main purposes. The first and main purpose of the march "… was to speak out against segregation and the brutality that met civil rights activists in the South while at the same time addressing concerns of African Americans in the urban North: inequality in hiring practices, wages, education, and housing." The second purpose of the march was to raise funds and awareness for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), which was an organization that did civil rights work in the south.This Program from MLK’s historic Walk to Freedom in Detroit, which drew crowds of over 125,000 people to the march and which King famously called “the largest and greatest demonstration for freedom ever held in the United States.” This march was considered a practice run for the much larger March on Washington. Very good condition.