PBS special honors 50th anniversary of the March on Washington
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, The March looks at the day in 1963 where Martin Luther King made his famous “I Have a Dream” speech and the march almost didn’t happen. The program airs Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 9/8 p.m. on KET.
Unprecedented in size, the Aug. 28, 1963 massive demonstration for racial and economic equality issued a clarion call for racial justice that would help usher in sweeping civil rights legislation and a sea change in public opinion. The event, which will forever be remembered for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s stirring “I Have a Dream” speech, endures today as a symbol of unity and monumental impact.
Deploying remarkable rare archival footage, The March recounts the dramatic events that took place not only in front of the cameras but behind the scenes, revealing how one of the most important events in the Civil Rights Movement almost didn’t happen, told by those who refused to back down and whose lives it forever changed.
PBS member stations, including KET, are sparking community engagement with Memories of the March, a series of video vignettes featuring first-person accounts from those who were present at the event or whose lives were impacted by the March. Make sure to watch KET’s videos in the special collection on former Kentucky state senator Georgia Davis Powers and NAACP Louisville leader Raoul Cunningham.