This post was originally published in the February 2018 issue of The MANA Sunset Newsletter. Click HERE to view the newsletter.
|Dr, Fairy C. Hayes-Scott|
On Sunday, June 23, 1963, my mother and I were a part of a march of over 200,000 in Detroit, MI (some want to say much less; however, I was there. I know it was probably even larger).
The enthusiasm and spirit of love were infectious. And when my mother and I entered Cobo Hall, I felt so very important to be part of this Detroit March to Freedom.
Yes, there were some important people in the community who made speeches. However, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the speaker we came to hear.
In Cobo Hall, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. first presented his famous “I Have A Dream Speech.” Many years later I learned that Detroit was where he tested his speech.
Oh my, hearing this man use metaphors, similes, and allusions with such skill was something I shall never forget. However, most importantly, I heard a man preach love and urged us to make a concentrated mission to improve the world in which we lived.