Celebrating the March on Washington

On Tuesday, August 27  WOSU TV commemorates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington with an evening of special programming.

8pm: IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE: A CELEBRATION OF MUSIC FROM THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT: A wonderful evening  of celebration hosted by President and Mrs. Obama in the East Room of the White House.  This special concert features popular musicians performing contemporary arrangements of music that galvanized the U.S. civil rights movement of the late 1950s and 1960s.

9pm: THE MARCH: This documentary tells the compelling and dramatic story of the 1963 March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his stirring “I Have a Dream” speech. This watershed event in the Civil Rights Movement helped change the face of America. The film reveals the dramatic story behind the event and how it almost didn’t happen. We’ll hear the remembrances of key players such as Jack O’Dell, Clarence B. Jones, Julian Bond and Andrew Young.  As well as ordinary citizens who joined some 250,000 Americans on the march to the capital on that momentous day to peacefully demand an end to two centuries of discrimination and injustice.

10pm: BUILDING THE DREAM: From Alabama Public Television BUILDING THE DREAM recounts the journey of an idea for a national monument honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Starting with a group of friends talking around a kitchen table to the creation of a permanent monument, this documentary recounts the struggle to ensure Dr. King’s dream will remain alive for future generations.