This year Americans celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington which is the most prominent non-violent event that concentrated on racism, jobs and freedom. PBS has given its audience this month programs on issues that surrounded the March and events that took place which brought the March into realization.
PBS continues to broadcast these specials throughout the Labor Day holiday weekend. The PBS stations in the Maryland (MPT), Washington D.C. (WETA) and Northern Virginia (WVPT) areas are carrying these programs. Below is a listing of programs that are historical, factual and educational.
• Independent Lens – “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights” (2013). Whitney Young (July 31, 1921 – March 11, 1971) was a civil rights activist and Executive Director of the Urban League.
• National Civic Rights Museum Freedom Awards (2013). Highlights from the ceremony held in Memphis, Tenn. on October 12, 2012.
• The March (2013). Supporters and participants of the 1963 March on Washington for jobs and freedom recall the experience. Narrator is Denzel Washington.
• Meet Me At Equality: The People’s March on Washington (2013). Historians and participants recall the Civil Rights March on Washington in 1963.
• Building the Dream – The Creation of the National Monument (2013). Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. from initial planning stages to the public opening.
• In Performance at the White House – “A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement” (2010). Performers include Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson and Blind Boys of Alabama.
• MLK: The Making of a Holiday (2008). Documentary of the quest by politicians and celebrities to honor MLK’s birthday as a national holiday. Narrators are LaVar Burton and Marla Gibbs.
• Wilder: An American First (2005). This biography captures Lawrence Douglas Wilder becoming the first black governor in the United States, as Chief Executive of Virginia.
• Freedom Riders: American Experience (2011). Black and white Americans risk their lives traveling together on buses and trains through the Deep South.
• Come Walk in My Shoes (2008). Documentary in which Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) speaks on civil rights, the Voting Rights Act and discrimination.
• Vocal Point (2013). “The March – Then and Now.”
• Drexel Interview: National Civil Rights Museum (Parts 1 and 2). Barbara Andrews (Part 1) and Meredith Davis (Part 2) discuss exhibits and artifacts.
• Minds That Matter: An Evening With John Lewis (2008). U.S. Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) accepts the Robert J. Dole Leadership Prize from the Dole Institute of Politics.
Programs on PBS such as Charlie Rose, Tavis Smiley and Democracy Now! have also brought on guests involved in the March and topics on the Civil Rights Movement.
The program lineups were copied from television descriptions. Check local PBS channels to watch these specials.