DETROIT (WWJ) – A couple hundred Detroiters gathered locally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” on Saturday. Kim Hunter says it’s important to push for King’s dream and he says immigration reform is a big issue to him.

“Being a person of African decent, you know experience discrimination, I don’t want families to be torn about by … people being deported, it is really wrong. It would be a big boost to our economy as well if folks are recognized as Americans,” said Hunter.

MLK Rally (3) 8-24-13Members of the Hispanic, African American and other communities gathered to reflect on the anniversary of the March on Washington.

Cindy Garcia of Michigan United said her concerns are with immigration reform: “My husband was facing deportation in 2008 and I have been fighting since then to keep him here. And thanks to all the help through my UAW, friends and family – I’ve been able to do that.”

Garcia says Martin Luther King fought for civil rights and they are too – with concerns about issues like racial profiling. After the rally those gathered marched to Clark Park.

Dennis Bryant of Detroit attended a rally at St. Ann’s Church and says we have not realized Martin Luther King’s dream.

“I just want us to stress for unity and freedom and the things that Dr. Martin Luther King stood for – which is fairness for and social justice for all people of color and faith,” said Bryant.


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