Hundreds of Savannah State University students re-enacted events from the March on Washington Wednesday. They carried signs demanding equal rights, sang protest songs and re-staged Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream Speech." It was one of several events in Savannah marking the march's 50th anniversary.
Many Georgians now in positions of power attended the 1963 March on Washington 50 years ago today. Their memories are as diverse as they are. In Savannah, Mayor Edna Jackson sees a direct link between the march and what she now does as her daily job.
State and local officials are inviting the public to celebrate the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech at Stone Mountain. Organizers say the event will coincide with celebrations around the world, and will culminate with a bell-ringing ceremony.
When it came to covering the March on Washington 50 years ago, black and white media organizations took different approaches. Major television networks devoted hours of live airtime to the event. And the impact of media coverage would change the nation’s understanding of the civil rights movement.
At the nation marks 50 years since the March on Washington, it's worth taking time to note the foot soldiers who fought for change locally. In coastal Brunswick, the story of how the city integrated -- peacefully and with little notice until after the fact -- is not well known. GPB presents this archive story from 2008.