On the eve of the 50th anniversary of The March on Washington, we’ll be celebrating with the premiere of The March at 9pm on CET and ThinkTV.
This program, narrated by Denzel Washington, reveals the dramatic story behind the event through the remembrances of key players such as Jack O’Dell, Clarence B. Jones, Julian Bond and Andrew Young. Supporters and other testimonials of the March include Harry Belafonte, Diahann Carroll, Roger Mudd, Peter Yarrow and Oprah Winfrey in addition to historians, journalists, authors and ordinary citizens who joined some 250,000 Americans who thronged to the capital on that momentous day to peacefully demand an end to two centuries of discrimination and injustice.
In addition to the premiere of The March, the PBS Black Culture Connection website will debut The March @50, a five-part web series exploring whether America has delivered on the promises of the March. Take a look: http://www.pbs.org/black-culture/explore/march-on-washington/web-series/#.UhZVzZKR98E
Memories of the March, another web 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: http://video.pbs.org/program/memories-march/.
There’s also a great series of PBS NewsHour stories about The March’s anniversary. This webpage is a great summary of the resources and information NewsHour put together: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2013/08/march-on-washington.html.