DETROIT (WWJ) – Thousands gathered on Hart Plaza after the Freedom Walk on Woodward. President of the Detroit branch of the NAACP, the Reverend Wendell Anthony, says they’re here to continue Dr. King’s work.

“If you don’t take the march to Lansing, if you don’t take the march to D.C., if you don’t take the march to your own neighborhood – then marching don’t mean nothing,” said Anthony.

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UAW President Bob King said this rally is a call to action:

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“Are you willing to accept in Michigan or anywhere else, the governor coming in and replacing your elected officials – when you accept emergency managers. No, we will not,” King told the crowd.

“Our fight is going to be long, it’s going to be hard, but because of people like you – we are going to win this fight,” said Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. Referring to the fact that Detroit now has an emergency manager.

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Thousands walked and attended the rally. Some people who marched 50 years ago were also at the event.