Look behind the scenes at the work of hundreds of volunteers in the month leading up to The March, including Norman Hill and Harry Belafonte s work recruiting participants.
Watch footage from The March s official program, including John Lewis s (of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) speech.
Examine President John F. Kennedy s record on civil rights and his relationship with Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the stream of political events leading Kennedy to introduce the idea of a Civil Rights Act on June 11, 1963.
Witness the arrival of thousands of people to the National Mall on August 28, 1963, in the hours leading up to The March s official program, and understand the controversy surrounding John Lewis s speech.
Meet the six civil rights leaders who formed the core organizing committee for The March, and understand how they articulated The March s purpose.
The 1963 March on Washington was a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement. More than 250,000 people joined in peaceful demonstration for racial and economic equality. Their clarion call helped usher in sweeping civil rights legislation and a sea change in public opinion, and the event endures today as a symbol of unity and monumental impact. Airs December 2, 2013. Check local listings.
Learn about A. Philip Randolph s early union organizing, and his contribution to organizing The March, especially his insistence that the focus of civil rights organizing should be Washington D.C.
Examine the civil rights movement in Birmingham, Alabama, in the months leading up to The March, and Birmingham Commissioner of Public Safety Eugene Bull Connor s attempts to squelch peaceful protests.
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