Detroit Branch NAACP and UAW Unveil Plans for the 50th Anniversary March Down Woodward

Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony at Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School announcing the partnership with the UAW to lead the 50th Anniversary Commemorative March Down Woodward on June 22, 2013.

The Detroit Branch NAACP,

UAW and many leaders from the faith-based, labor, civic, corporate and grassroots community held a press conference at Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School to announce the plans for the 50th Anniversary March Down Woodward. In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led an historic march down Woodward Avenue where he first delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech. The theme for the 50th Anniversary Commemorative March is “50 Years Later: We Shall Not Default On Our Freedom.” The March will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2013 beginning at 9:00 A.M. at the corners of Woodward and Forest. The March will be chaired by James Settles, International UAW Ford Vice President. For more information please read the following press statement issued by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President of the Detroit Branch NAACP.

9 thoughts on “Detroit Branch NAACP and UAW Unveil Plans for the 50th Anniversary March Down Woodward

  1. Hello I was wondering if any way possible could my husband’s William Davis could take pictures at this event. He is a hard working photography. He has captured many remarkable events of the million man and family march. He is known for pictures taken from the White House, and other know artiest. He is the owner of new photo communication. Please.

  2. The members of the Michigan Democratic Party Black Caucus will proudly and gladly march with you on June 22, 2013.

    • Hello and thank you for contacting the Detroit Brach NAACP. We are extremely excited about the upcoming Freedom Walk Detroit on June 22, 2013. There is a full weekend of events that will take place. More information can be found at or by calling our office at 313-871-2087. We also invite you to participate in our weekly community meetings at the Detroit Branch NAACP office every Wednesday at 6:30P.M.

  3. Good morning. I am the secretary for the Western Wayne Chapter of the NAACP. We are looking to bring members of our branch and their families to the walk.

    What else can we do to get involved?

    • Hello Gina and thank you for contacting the Detroit Branch NAACP. We are excited to have all NAACP offices included in this event. More information can be found at Please feel free to contact our office at 313-871-2087 for additional questions.

  4. I’m sending this in repersetation for Michigan Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, who will be joining to walk, support and celebrate this joyous occasion.

    • Hello and thank you for contacting the Detroit Branch NAACP. We look forward to your participation with the upcoming event. Please visit to register your organization.

  5. Just a thought!

    We March
    I tried to capture the spirit of what my late brother (Rev. Jesse Rayford Jr.,) might have felt but found that this leadership he spoke of was not present. I tried to capture his thought of walking with a King, and with brave men with the same mindset was not there. I tried to capture what he meant when he said this was one of his best days, on earth. This power was not present for me to discover. My thoughts of this day read:
    The weather some sun, some clouds. We begin.
    The march was quiet, people were marching, a group marching sung some part of we shall overcome, a group sung what we want, what we need, we march on. Our job has been compromised. The march line stopped several times, connecting to those waiting in different spots. We are marching. I can see leadership getting a ride down to the end of the march. We are marching. We grow old and weary.
    The faces of the people are hopeful, we are worried, we are brave, and we are looking for leadership. We are marching. The line stops, let’s get moving someone shouts, the line is ask to step back, No we can’t step back someone shouted. We came too far to step back. Our voting rights, has been compromised. We are going backwards. Where are you? Where were you? The message is here.
    We march on. We march for peace, we march for justice, and we march for racism, sexisms, segregation, economics, humanity, equity and equality. We march, we chant, we sing.
    The march ends at the water, still waters run deep, a call to action for a better world, still we rise, we are told to keep sight, put the guns down, and get a new mindset. Educate yourself to pass to others.
    The leadership my later brother spoke of was of one man making a difference that lead 5000+, was not present; we were led to the Detroit River, with no hopes to cross it, no direction to build on it, no insight on how we can walk through it, or where to begin. Are we listening, or is this just a dream…….
    We need new leadership, we need for our young adults, men, and women to get educated and step in place. The authority was there, but the power lies in the young people. We shall overcome rightfully so – when our young people get some act right about them and take the lead. Change is coming.
    Just a thought!
    Jessica Rayford-Clark

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