2.) One co-organizer, the Rev. Albert Cleage, was increasingly involved in black nationalism and originally wanted the march to be all-black. At the insistence of the Detroit branch of the NAACP, the decision to include white people was embraced. White march leaders included Detroit Mayor Jerome P. Cavanagh and UAW President Walter Reuther.
3.) The momentous occasion was almost completely overshadowed by the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom two months later. Few recall the Detroit march was "the largest civil rights demonstration in the nation's history" up to that date, or that King called the march "one of the most wonderful things that has happened in America."
5.) The recorded speech was released by Gordy Records, a subsidiary of Motown, and can therefore be considered an early Motown single. King asked that the royalties go to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).
6.) The "Walk to Freedom" was originally intended to commemorate 20 years since the brutal Detroit race riot of 1943.