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Cobo Hall

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Located in the heart of downtown, Cobo Hall has served as a pillar of Detroit history. Cobo officially opened in 1960 and held numerous events from presidential conventions and concerts to figure skating and roller derby. On June 23, 1963, Martin Luther King organized the Detroit Walk to Freedom and rallied thousands of civil rights activist to march against segregation and violence. The march concluded at Cobo Hall where King delivered a precursor to what would be his famous “I Have a Dream Speech.” Cobo is also known as the location of the notorious Nancy Kerrigan attack, where the skater was bludgeoned in the knee before competing the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Many artists have rocked these halls too, including the Doors, Queen, Kiss, and Parliament-Funkadelic. Cobo Hall has also gained attention as the host of the North American International Auto Show and has invited guests from all over the world to the visit the Motor City.

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