March on Washington: The 50th Anniversary

March On Washington

On a hot Wednesday afternoon in August 1963, thousands of Americans from across the nation converged on the Washington Mall. This day would go down in history as the pivotal March on Washington and culminate in the delivery of the now famous “I Have A Dream” speech by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This August will mark the 50th anniversary of that momentous event!

UNC-TV has partnered with PBS Black Culture Connection to offer the following variety of programs and resources to honor this important event.

Maya AngelouUNC-TV Exclusive: Mitch Lewis talks with Maya Angelou
UNC-TV Broadcast: North Carolina Now on August 28, 2013 at 7:30pm/ Watch online anytime!
North Carolina Now's Mitch Lewis travels to the Winston-Salem home of Maya Angelou to discuss her feelings about the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and much more in this UNC-TV exclusive with this global renaissance woman!

Memories of the March
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Thanks to a PBS grant, UNC-TV had the opportunity to capture a few special stories, in the form of video vignettes, from North Carolinians who participated or were profoundly impacted by the March, offering insight into just a few of the local people behind the movement. You can find these videos and more from around the country in our online video library! Many thanks to UNC-TV's partners and resources in commemorating the March on Washington! See a list here!

  • 50 Years After The March On WashingtonFighting for Civil Rights from Wilson to Washington: Born in Wilson, NC to a civil rights leader, US Representative G.K. Butterfield recollects on living in segregation during his early childhood and how certain experiences influenced his desire to seek change in civil rights.
  • A Daughter Left at Home Marches On: The daughter of NC civil rights leader Floyd McKissick reveals how her father came to speak at the March as she pays tribute to her father’s legacy in this enlightening interview. Dr. Charmaine McKissick-Melton also shares embarrassing stories of her childhood and what life was like growing up as the daughter of a prominent civil rights leader.
  • Young Minds Set on Freedom: Residents of New Bern, NC remember how they loaded onto a bus to march for freedom. Revealing their own personal stories of living in segregation, they also reveal what it was like to be in the presence of Dr. King, particularly during his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.


The March

UNC-TV Broadcast: August 27, 2013 at 9pm
This sweeping new documentary film reveals the dramatic story behind the massive August 28, 1963 demonstration for racial and economic equality that will forever be remembered for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s stirring "I Have a Dream" speech. Featured interviews include Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond, Diahann Carroll, Clarence B. Jones, Roger Mudd, Oprah Winfrey, Andrew Young and more. Watch a sneak peek of the film and see more related resources online at Black Culture Connection's March on Washington website!


The March @50

Premieres online Aug. 26, 2013 with new episodes for 5 weeks
THE MARCH @50 is a new web series by filmmaker Shukree Tilghman that takes a contemporary look at the legacy of the March and delivery of its promises.


PBS NewsHour

UNC-TV Broadcast: Weeknights at 6pm
Throughout the month of August, PBS NewsHour offers special reports about the March on Washington, including a series of conversations with Gwen Ifill.


Educational Resources from UNC-TV LearningMedia!

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To find more resources or join the live discussions, visit pbs.org/MarchOnWashington!