Wayne State University

Aim Higher

Wayne State University

Public Relations

Media Report

August 26, 2013

WSU archivist discusses UAW's role in March on Washington


The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington takes place Wednesday. On Aug. 28th, 1963, nearly 250,000 people from around the country marched to the Mall in Washington D.C. to hear remarks from civil rights activists. The climax of the event was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. One of the forces working to make sure the march took place was United Auto Workers President Walter P. Reuther. Mike Smith, UAW archivist at Wayne State University’s Walter Reuther P. Library, spoke with WDET’s Jerome Vaughn. Smith says Reuther provided invaluable assistance to march organizers.


  • WDET-FM 101.9
5700 Cass Avenue, 3100 Academic Administration Building * Detroit, Michigan 48202
Phone (313) 577-2150 * Fax (313) 577-4459 * Newsline (313) 577-5345