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Stateside: MLK’s 1963 visit to Detroit; the fight for civil rights then, and now

Jan 18, 2021

MLK Day serves as a time to remember Dr. King's legacy and think about its implications in the world today.
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Today on Stateside, it’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We spoke with a historian about King’s work in Detroit and the legacy it's left behind. Plus, a conversation about the parallels between the civil rights movement of King's era and the continued fight for racial justice today. 

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Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below.

The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 visit to Detroit

  • Ken Coleman is a writer and journalist for the Michigan Advance. He's also the author of On This Day: African-American Life in Detroit.

From 1963 to 2021, Detroit’s struggle for civil rights spans decades and generations

  • Melba Boyd is a distinguished professor of African American Studies at Wayne State University
  • Tristan Taylor is an organizer and co-founder of Detroit Will Breathe