Motown - Birthplace of MLK's 'I Have a Dream' Speech

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers the first "I Have a Dream" 
speech at Detroit's Cobo Hall, on June 23, 1963.

January 18, 2016 |

Detroit - the birthplace of Motown and the American automotive industry, can also claim a piece in the American Civil Rights movement - the first place Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

In a report last week on NPR's Morning Edition program, author David Maraniss discussed his new book, Once in a Great City. According to Maraniss, on June 23, 1963 King came to Detroit "walked down Woodward Avenue with more than 100,000 people and delivered the first major public iteration of his "I Have A Dream" speech, two months before he did it in Washington."

Below is an audio of King's Detroit speech. Interestingly, the audio recording was produced by Gordy Records, a subsidiary of Berry Gordy's Motown record label.

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Steve L said...

We've come so far that much of the dream has come true, yet we have not come so far as to have the full reality of that dream within reach even 50 years later.

RIP Rev King.
Long live Barry Gordy whose dream did come true and thank God for that.

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