By Vickie Thomas

DETROIT (WWJ) – Prominent national figures will be in Detroit later this month for the 50th Anniversary March of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

NAACP national President Ben Jealous, Reverend Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are among those who will march in honor of the original Freedom Walk down Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

Detroit NAACP President Reverend Wendell Anthony spoke at the event and encouraged organizers. “What we so desperately need that they had then that we don’t see enough of now is the passion for the cause” he said.

Expressing the importance of the cause Rev. Anthony said it’s “… the necessity to keep fighting …”

Continuing his speech, Rev. Anthony said, “… we’ve not gone so far that we can’t go back and turn some things around. We can fix some things that have gone on in our state and our nation.”

(credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

(credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

(credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

(credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

The march will be held on June 22 and will begin on Woodward Avenue near Forest and lead to a rally at Hart Plaza, where it will end with a rally.

For more information on the Detroit Branch NAACP please call (313) 871-2087 or visit


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