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50th Anniversary Detroit 1967 Rebellion Tour

50th Anniversary Detroit 1967 Rebellion Forum and Bus Tour

Detroit-Rebellion

Saturday, July 22, 2017

St. Matthew’s-St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church
8850 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48202

9:30am – Noon: Breakfast Forum
Noon – 4:00pm: Bus tour to see historic sites during July 1967 Rebellion

July 23 represents the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Rebellion in Detroit. The five days of events had a profound impact on the history of the African American Civil Rights and Black Power movements as well as shifting the character of politics in the United States as a hold.

Join the Detroit Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee for a day of commemorative discussion and a tour on Sat. July 22. The event is designed to provide an accurate perspective on the social conditions that spawned the Rebellion and its influence on historical developments in Detroit, the U.S. and internationally over the last five decades.

We will open with a community breakfast at St. Matthew’s-St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church beginning at 9:30 am. At 10:00 we will hear presentations by Dorothy Aldridge, chair of the MLK Committee, who was a Civil Rights and Community activist in 1967; Dan Aldridge, another well-known activist in the city since the 1960s; Aurora Harris, a member of the MLK Committee, a poet and higher education instructor; and Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, and a co-founder of the Annual MLK Day Rally & March held in the city since 2004.

Please RSVP for the tour since seating will be limited. We are requesting a $20 donation for the breakfast and tour. If people are unable to give $20 any amount is acceptable. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Mail check or money order to Detroit MLK Committee, 5920 Second Ave., Detroit, MI 48202.

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2017 Detroit MLK Day

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Rally and March for “Jobs, Peace & Justice”

Monday, January 16, 2017
12 Noon

Central United Methodist Church
23 E. Adams and Woodward, Detroit

Schedule:

Noon – Rally at Central United Methodist Church

1:30 pm – Freedom March through downtown Detroit

3:00 pm – Community meal, poetry and music, at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

            Please note the NEW LOCATION:

St. John’s Episcopal Church
I-75 & Woodward Avenue, Detroit

This church is located north of the parking lot that is next to the Central United Methodist Church.

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This year’s 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rally & March comes at a time of rising hatred, bigotry and military conflict both inside the United States and around the world.

On Monday January 16, 2017, the Detroit MLK Day Rally & March will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic Riverside Church address in New York City entitled “Beyond Vietnam: Breaking the Silence”, where Dr. King came out firmly against military intervention in southeast Asia.

The speech was delivered on April 4, 1967, just one year prior to the Civil Rights and peace activist’s assassination in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. King had been under pressure by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) which had taken a firm position against the war in early January 1966. During 1967, Dr. King participated in large antiwar demonstrations in Chicago, New York City and other cities.

In addition, 2017 represents the 50th anniversary of the July 23-27 Detroit Rebellion. These days of civil unrest marked the largest of such outbreaks in the history of the U.S. up until that time period.

Dr. King, who remained a proponent of nonviolent resistance to racism and oppression until his death, did not condemn the rebellions which struck over 160 cities during 1967. He stated that “riots were the voices of the unheard.” He emphasized that the federal government needed to heed the calls of African Americans and other oppressed peoples for social justice in order to avoid a much more profound social calamity. Today, some five decades later, the problems of institutional racism, police brutality, poverty and the exorbitant Pentagon budget remain impediments to the country becoming a genuinely democratic society.

Speakers at the rally and march will represent the various movements operating in Detroit related to water shut-offs, property tax foreclosures, joblessness, poverty, and governmental indifference to the suffering of the people. The message of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement is still as relevant if not more so than it was in the 1960s.

Detroit MLK Day Holiday Fundraiser, Sunday, Dec. 11, 4pm

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The Detroit MLK Day Committee, organizers of the Annual Detroit MLK Day Rally and March, request your support at our fundraiser in order continue the work of organizing this event.

The fundraiser will take place at Blossoms in Midtown, located at 4152 Third Ave. at Willis, Detroit, MI 48201.

Minimum donation is $20. There will be light refreshments.

Please call 313-405-2185 to RSVP.

2017 MLK Day Detroit

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Rally and March for “Jobs, Peace & Justice”

Monday, January 16, 2017
12 Noon

Central United Methodist Church
23 E. Adams and Woodward, Detroit

Schedule:

Noon – Rally

1:30 pm  – Freedom March

3:00 pm – Community meal, poetry and music. Please note the NEW LOCATION:

St. John’s Episcopal Church
I-75 & Woodward Avenue, Detroit

This church is located north of the parking lot that is next to the Central United Methodist Church.

2016 Detroit MLK Day

Rally and March for “Jobs, Peace & Justice”

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Monday, January 18, 2016
12 Noon

Central United Methodist Church
23 E. Adams and Woodward, Detroit

3:30 PM – Community meal, poetry, and music featuring local artists
– 2nd floor, following the Rally and March

From Michigan to Missouri, From Chicago to Mississippi, The Struggle Continues

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