In recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we would like to share this powerful image of “The Great March on Detroit,” led by the Reverend himself down Woodward Avenue on June 23, 1963. That same day he delivered an early version of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. This picture was likely taken from the First National Building and, looking north, we can see 1001 Woodward in the early phases of construction on the corner of Michigan Avenue.
You may not know that since 1981, Detroit has honored Dr. King with a large aluminum bust of his likeness in Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park on the corner of West Grand Boulevard and Rosa Parks Boulevard. If you haven’t been there yet, now is the time to check it out and pay your respects.