The one hour documentary The March, narrated by actor Denzel Washington airs on GPB tonight at 9 p.m. You can preview clips from the documentary in your classroom. Seven clips are being made available on PBS Learning Media this week.
The March chronicles the events leading up to The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which drew more than 200,000 people to the National Mall on August 28, 1963. It presents a behind-the-scene look at the effort to organize The March, and examines the political and social events that merged to bring the March on Washington to fruition.
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the historic event, with commemorative marches and speeches being made in Washington, DC this week. It culminates with a speech from President Obama on the anniversary day of the March.
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For more resources on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, check out this post: Primary Sources for Teaching the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.