As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington, PBS and LPB will air The March
, a new documentary about this important event in the Civil Rights Movement, on Tuesday, August 27 at 8PM. Narrated by two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington, this program will tell some of the stories behind the event which featured Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
The documentary includes interviews with key players including Jack O’Dell, Clarence B. Jones, Julian Bond and Andrew Young. Supporters and other testimonials of the March include Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte and Diahann Carroll. Additional interviewees include Roger Mudd, the CBS anchorman who reported from the March, Clayborne Carson, founding director of Stanford’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute and a participant in the March, and Oprah Winfrey, whose life was transformed by watching the March on television along with millions of other Americans. See an encore on LPB-HD Friday, August 30th at 10PM.
At 9PM, LPB-HD will air Signpost to Freedom: The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott
. This LPB program tells how the African-American citizens of Louisiana's capital city staged a quiet revolt by refusing to ride city buses.
At 9PM on LPB2, see Building The Dream,
which recounts the journey of an idea for a national monument honoring Martin Luther King Jr. - from a group of friends talking around a kitchen table to the creation of this permanent symbol - to ensure King's Dream will remain alive for future generations. At 10PM on LPB2, Independent Lens
presents The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights. This documentary follows the journey of the most celebrated -- and controversial -- leaders of the civil rights era from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban League.
In addition, the PBS Black Culture Connection
website will debut The March @50
, a provocative five-part web series exploring whether America has delivered on the promises of the March. Memories of the March
, a series of video vignettes created by PBS member stations, explores additional compelling local stories of the March, providing a variety of perspectives on this historic event and its ongoing legacy.
LPB is also looking for stories from anyone who participated in The March on Washington or knows someone who did and how it affected their life. Visit lpb.org/themarch
Published: August 26, 2013
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