DETROIT (AP) - A rally is scheduled Thursday ahead of the 50th anniversary of a Detroit march led by Martin Luther King Jr.
Michigan National Action Network president Charles Williams II says the Friday evening rally at Historic King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit continues the spirit of King's 1963 march along Woodward Avenue.
King visited Detroit on June 23, 1963, to lead tens of thousands in a freedom walk and also previewed his "I Have a Dream" speech.
Williams says that march made it clear that "direct action was required to bring about change" in the push for human and civil rights. His group has been one of the strongest opponents to the state's emergency manager law.
The NAACP Detroit branch and the UAW are leading Saturday morning's march along Woodward.
(Copyright ©2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)