This August marks the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington that changed the landscape of equality in the United States forever. In honor of this anniversary, WETA shares special programming this week. Whether you’re looking for documentaries about the March or live music from the time, WETA has you covered with an in-depth look at the March on Washington. What better way to honor this anniversary than by watching the local Washington, DC area public television channel, WETA to learn all about the March on Washington? Read the full article to watch trailers of these great programs. All shows will air on WETA TV26 & HD August 20-28 leading up to the exact date of anniversary.
The March - Airs Tuesday, August 27 at 9:00pm & Friday, August 30 at 10:30pm
50 years after the March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech is still remembered as one of the most important moments in the Civil Rights Movement. This new PBS program titled, The March, interviews participants and journalists who covered the event. Stunning archival footage accompanies touching and inspiring interviews that will give you a brand new perspective on the heroes of the March on Washington. Watch a preview here!
Washington in the 60s - Airs Tuesday, August 20 at 8:00pm
The 1960s is the decade that contained the March on Washington along with many other monumental events going on that would shape the future of DC and the nation. Watch WETA's very own locally produced and Emmy winning documentary titled, Washington in the 60s. Get an in depth look all of the aspects that helped the small town of Washington become the bustling city it is today. Watch a preview here!
Washington in the 70s - Airs Tuesday, August 20th at 9:00pm
The 1970s were a turbulent time for Washington plagued by riots and wars, but despite all of this, Washington ended up becoming an even better place. WETA's locally produced documentary, Washington in the 70s, listen to interviews that reveal how people lived during some of Washington’s intense moments. Watch a preview here!
Independent Lens: Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 - Airs Tuesday, August 20 at 10:00pm
After finding long-lost film canisters from the 60s and 70s, filmmaker Goran Hugo Olsson decided to create a film mixing the archival footage with interviews of modern African American artists. Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 attempts to recreate the style of 1970 “mixtape” films in order to create an overview into the era of the Civil Rights Movement from a different perspective. Watch a preview here!
American Masters: James Baldwin - Airs Friday, August 23 at 9:30pm
James Baldwin, one of the most respected writers of the 20th century, is examined through his life and work in this unbelievable look at his struggles and accomplishments. Using rare footage of Baldwin through the years, the film sheds light on how Baldwin survived a world that was against him and changed the lives of many. Watch a preview here!
In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement - Airs Tuesday, August 27 at 8:00pm
The Civil Rights Movement produced a lot of music that remains influential and celebrated today. A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement, filmed in the White House, features performances by some of the original musicians, covers of songs by newer artists, and readings of the original speeches from the movement. The entire event is hosted by President Obama and the First Lady, and features Morgan Freeman and Queen Latifah as emcees. Watch a preview here!
American Experience: Freedom Riders - Airs Tuesday, August 27 at 10:00pm
In 1961, against countless threats and violence, hundreds of people fought against the segregation of race on public buses. As African-Americans rallied together to defy being told which buses they were allowed on and where they had to sit, they endured hardship and pain to provide freedom for future generations. On American Experience: Freedom Riders, witness the brave journey of these men and women who helped secure a better future. Watch a preview here!
Independent Lens: The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights - Airs Monday, August 26 at 10:00pm
One of the lesser-known heroes of the Civil Rights Movement is a man named Whitney Young. Young held a unique position of power because he was influential to white executives and three different presidents, allowing him to help the movement through his dealings. On Independent Lens, learn more about Young and how this unsung hero worked outside of the limelight to secure an equal future. Watch a preview here!
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The March @50 - Watch a preview here! Episode 1 premieres on August 26
Each week for 5 weeks PBS will premiere an episode of The March @50, a web series exploring the original issues that lead to the March and how they have been addressed in modern times. The series takes a look at the problems that have been addressed, and also the things that have remained an issue.
Memories of the March
Memories of the March features local interviews and accounts from people who had direct ties to the March on Washington. The stories come from all around the country and feature a wide variety of perspectives that all provide a new voice in the remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the March.