FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 29th, 2013
PBS and WTVP Commemorate 50th Anniversary of
the Historic March on Washington with a
Week of Special Programs
The commemoration begins Friday, August 23rd with
AMERICAN MASTERS “James Baldwin: The Price of
the Ticket” at 8:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1.
- Highlights Include Premiere of New Documentary THE MARCH, the Debut of Provocative
Web Series The March @50, and Memories of the March, Video Interviews with
and More -
PBS and WTVP-Public Media are pleased to announce the details of a special week of
programs and online events and activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963
March on Washington, a watershed moment in the Civil Rights Movement that helped usher in sweeping
civil rights legislation and a sea change in public opinion. In addition to the premiere of
THE MARCH, a new documentary about the dramatic stories behind the event, 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.
“PBS is offering many different ways to engage with the meaning and legacy of the
March through this multi-faceted initiative,” said Beth Hoppe, PBS Chief Programming Executive and
General Manager, General Audience Programming. “These programs provide a deeper understanding of
our history, preserve testimony from those who were there, and offer a chance to take stock of
whether progress has been made on the goals of the original Marchers.”
THE MARCH premieres on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. on WTVP-HD 47.1,
the eve of the 50th anniversary of the original event. 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. THE MARCH is
a Smoking Dogs Films Production produced by Lina Gopaul and David Lawson and directed by John Akomfrah.
Executive Producers are Krysanne Katsoolis, Cactus Three, and Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn,
Sundance Productions. Sam Pollard is Consulting Producer, with Gina Belafonte as Associate Producer.
In addition to the U.S. premiere on PBS and WTVP, THE MARCH will be screened by
international broadcast co-producers the BBC and France 3.
As part of the 50th anniversary March on Washington programming, PBS will present
several encore broadcasts. AMERICAN MASTERS
“James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket”
is scheduled on Friday, August 23rd at 8:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1. And on Tuesday, August 27th,
bookending the premiere of THE MARCH will be encore broadcasts of In Performance at the White House
“A Celebration of Music From the Civil Rights Movement,”
at 7:00pm and INDEPENDENT LENS "The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights,"
PBS Black Culture Connection will unveil The March @50, a new web series
by filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman (More Than a Month) as part of the PBS celebration of the
March on Washington Anniversary. With a new episode debuting each week for five weeks, The March
@50 asks if America has delivered on the original demands of the marchers for jobs and freedom.
Each episode will explore the March’s legacy through the lens of contemporary issues ranging from
minority incarceration, disproportionate minority unemployment, the re-emergence of public school
segregation and voting rights.
The 1963 March on Washington was created by community activists and dedicated people
from every state in the country. Memories of the March, a series of video vignettes
created by PBS member stations from across the nation, will also debut on
PBS Black Culture Connection.
Fascinating first-person stories of original participants who made the trek to the nation’s capital
are included, as well as others who were instrumental in working for the cause in their communities.
Vignettes include interviews with several women, including Johnnie Turner, a Memphis
college student when she attended the March and now a Tennessee State Representative; Dorothy Foreman
Cotton, the highest-ranking woman in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during most of the
1960s; and Georgia Davis Powers, the grandniece of a slave who helped organize the 1964 March on
Kentucky’s State Capitol, an event in which Dr. King also participated along with baseball great Jackie
Robinson. Other interviewees include Sala Udin, a 20-year-old from Pittsburgh who heard Dr. King’s
speech and changed the course of his life to launch a career in civil rights activism and North
Carolina Congressman G.K. Butterfield, who attended the March and became known for his successful
litigation of voting rights cases.
Major funding for THE MARCH, Memories of the March and
The March @50 is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Diversity and
Innovation Fund which supports content that engages diverse viewers and encourages the use of
emerging technologies to reach new audiences and PBS.
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