(Rochester, New York) – In celebration of 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, WXXI presents The March, a new documentary about the dramatic stories behind the event. It premieres Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV.
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.
As part of the 50th anniversary March on Washington programming, WXXI will present two encore broadcasts that Tuesday evening. In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement airs at 8 p.m. In this special President and Mrs. Obama host a concert in the White House East Room in honor of the civil rights movement. At 10 p.m. WXXI-TV presents the Independent Lens film, The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights, which follows Whitney Young’s journey from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban League.
Pictured:Edith Lee Payne, The March on Washington 1963 - THE MARCH
Credit: Courtesy of NARA/Smoking Dogs Films
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