The renewal of
"Having a park in downtown
Located just east of the
The dedication ceremony drew an audience numbering in the hundreds who heard remarks from Gov. Jennifer Granholm and other speakers involved in the park's creation and funding.
But it was Milliken, governor from 1969 to 1983, who drew the standing ovation with his thoughtful speech about environmental preservation, politics and
Here are some excerpts:
It is a day to recognize the vision of those who years ago could look past the abandon industrial sites and cement silos and see the potential for a new riverfront that could lead the way to a new
If one cares about the future of
For far too long the politics of division have played too large a role in southeast
Milliken referenced the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech where he discussed "little black boys and girls" not being judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their characters:
He went on to say that I have a dream that one day little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I hope that this park on this magnificent riverfront can be a place in Michigan where little white, black, Latino, Native American and Asian boys and girls do join hands. For people from every race and background, a place where we can dream together about a new
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