PBS to air documentary on 1963 March on Washington

By Special to the American Press

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, at 8 p.m. tonight.

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 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. An encore is planned at 10 p.m. Friday on LPB-HD.

At 9 p.m., LPB-HD will air “Signpost to

Freedom: The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott.” This LPB program tells how

the African-American

residents of Louisiana’s capital city staged a quiet revolt by

refusing to ride city buses.

At 9 p.m. 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 10 p.m.

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 for more details or

you can send your stories and pictures to themarch@lpb.org.

For more information, contact Margaret Schlaudecker at mschlaudecker@lpb.org or 1-800-272-8161, ext. 4276 or 767-4276.