The March on Washington – 50th Anniversary

 

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August 23 – 27, 2013

Join New Mexico PBS for a special week of new & encore programs, and online events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington. For more information on the March on Washington online initiative visit http://pbs.org/marchonwashington

 

The programs are listed in Chronological Order below:


AMERICAN MASTERS “James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket” – New!
Friday, Aug. 23 at 9:30 – 11:00 pm
Examine the life, works and beliefs of the late writer and civil rights activist James Baldwin.

AMERICAN MASTERS recounts the life, works and beliefs of the late writer and civil rights activist James Baldwin: what it is to be born black, impoverished, gifted and gay in a world that has yet to understand that “all men are brothers.” Baldwin tells his own story in this emotional portrait. Using rarely seen archival footage from nine different countries, the film melds intimate interviews and eloquent public speeches with cinéma vérité glimpses of Baldwin and original scenes from his extraordinary funeral service in December 1987. His close friends and colleagues — even critics — illuminate the narrative, among them writers Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka and William Styron, and entertainer Bobby Short. Originally broadcast August 1989, this special encore broadcast airs 25 years after Baldwin’s death and 50 years after the historic March on Washington and publication of his best-selling essay The Fire Next Time.

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IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE: A Celebration of Music From the Civil Rights Movement
Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 7:00 pm
Join President and Mrs. Obama for a concert in the East Room in honor of the civil rights movement.

President and Mrs. Obama host a concert in the White House East Room in honor of the civil rights movement. Artists include Yolanda Adams, Joan Baez, Natalie Cole, Bob Dylan, Jennifer Hudson, John Mellencamp, Smokey Robinson, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Howard University Choir and The Freedom Singers, featuring Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Rutha Harris, Charles Neblett and Toshi Reagon. Morgan Freeman is a guest speaker.

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THE MARCH – New!
Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 8:00 pm
Witness the dramatic story of the 1963 March on Washington when Dr. King declared, “I Have a Dream.”

Witness the compelling and dramatic story of the 1963 March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his stirring “I Have a Dream” speech. This watershed event in the Civil Rights Movement helped change the face of America. The film 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. Other notable figures featured in the film include Clayborn Carson, Andrew Young, Clarence Jones, Edith Lee Payne, Roger Mudd, Julian Bond, Joyce Ladner, Rachell Horowitz and Peter Yarrow.

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INDEPENDENT LENS “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights” – New!
Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 9:00 pm
Follow Whitney Young’s journey from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban League.

Whitney M. Young, Jr. was one of the most celebrated — and controversial —leaders of the civil rights era. In “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights,” follow his journey from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban League. Unique among black leaders, Young took the fight directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government, including three presidents. He had the difficult tasks of calming the fears of white allies, relieving the doubts of fellow civil rights leaders and responding to attacks from the militant Black Power movement.

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