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Greenlit: The March, BBC2 / PBS / France 3

The March – Documentary that recounts a watershed moment in American civil rights.

The film tells the story of the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, as told by the people who organised and participated in it on 28 August, 1963.  The march is best remembered for Martin Luther King Jr’s now iconic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

It recounts the heroic endeavours of the hundreds of committed civil rights activists who worked to fundraise for and organise the march, the presence of Hollywood actors who added glamour to the solemn call for equality, and the fierce opposition from the US government. As a catalyst for the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the march saw the beginnings of the legacy of freedom for all American citizens.

Interviewees include:

  • Harry Belafonte – Civil Rights activist and friend of Dr King
  • Oprah Winfrey – Broadcaster and philanthropist
  • Diahann Carroll – Actress and singer who attended the March on Washington
  • Professor Clayborne Carson – A teenager who attended the march, and comprehensive editor of ‘The Papers of Martin Luther King Jr’
  • Clarence Jones – Dr King’s lawyer
  • Roger Mudd – CBS journalist and broadcaster
  • Edith Lee-Payne – Young girl whose photo was taken at the march, who would later become the face of the March on Washington
  • Harris Wofford – Special assistant to President Kennedy at the time of the march
  • Peter Yarrow – Member of folk band, Peter Paul and Mary, who sang at the March on Washington

Channel: BBC2 / PBS / France 3

Producer: Smoking Dog Films / Cactus 3 / Sundance Productions

TX:  August 2013

Source: BBC press release

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