King's March On Washington Speech Echoes Detroit Remarks

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington takes place Wednesday.

On August 28, 1963, nearly 250,000 people from around the country gathered on the Mall in Washington, D.C. to hear remarks from civil rights activists such as A. Phillip Randolph, John Lewis and Walter Reuther. The climax of the event was Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior's "I Have A Dream" speech.

Kelly Young is an Associate Professor of Communication at Wayne State University. He spoke with WDET's Jerome Vaughn. Young says King's speech at the March on Washington is very close to the remarks King delivered at Detroit's Cobo Hall in June 1963.