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Everett McCorvey and the 1963 March on Washington

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Where were you 50 years ago?

What do you remember about the events that took place in Washington, D.C., the last week of August 1963 as thousands of Americans joined the March for Jobs and Freedom?

Fifty years later profound questions still linger about the state of equality and race relations in our country. Millions of people will likely consider some of these questions as we commemorate the 1963 march.

Everett McCorvey is one of the people reflecting on the civil rights movement. He is professor of voice and the Lexington Opera Society Endowed Chair in Opera Studies at the University of Kentucky. McCorvey has vivid memories of growing up in Montgomery, Alabama, under segregation.

(Video provided by Alltech. Edited by Kara Ferguson.)

Next week KET and PBS will air several special programs marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. And in September, I’ll sit down with McCorvey on One to One to discuss his thoughts about the march. We’ll also hear about his recent trip to Ireland, where McCorvey and his American Spiritual Ensemble performed at a celebration of President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 visit to his family’s ancestral village of New Ross.

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