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Three Hours of Civil Rights Programming on WGBH 2

The March
A PBS Documentary
WGBH’s celebration of the March on Washington kicks off at 8pm with a special celebration of music from the Civil Rights era on In Performance at the White House. Then the centerpiece of the special television programming, The March, reveals the dramatic story behind the event through the remembrances of key players including Jack O’Dell, Clarence B. Jones, Julian Bond, and Andrew Young. The film includes testimonials and comments from noted Civil rights leaders and supporters and modern day thought leaders reflecting on the effect Dr. King and other pioneers of equality have had. Finally, at 10pm, WGBH will rebroadcast a special Independent Lens film, The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights.

Airing Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 2pm on 89.7 WGBH: Witness to History — WGBH's Radio Coverage of the March

Courtesy:NARA/Smoking Dogs Films
In 1963, eight years before National Public Radio hit the airwaves, WGBH and a network of radio stations dubbed the “Educational Radio Network” (ERN) went to Washington DC to broadcast from the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. As the march happened, quarter-inch tape rolled in Boston, recording speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, music by a very young Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, an interview with Marlon Brando…17 hours altogether. In 2003, staff discovered the reel-to-reel tapes in the WGBH's Media Library and Archives. They are only tapes of the broadcast in existence. This Wednesday, Aug. 28, as part of the 50th anniversary of the march, WGBH Radio will present a new documentary broadcast using the tapes to transport listeners back to Washington DC, 1963. 

Special Broadcasts from 99.5 WCRB: A choral treatment of "I Have a Dream" on Together in Song and LIVE broadcast from Boston's Hatch Shell

Boston Landmarks Orchestra 
WCRB celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic speech, "I Have a Dream" with two special broadcasts. On Sunday, Aug. 25, hosts Cathy Fuller and Anthony Trecek-King present an episode of Together in Song that explores the impact of King's words in choral music. On Wednesday, Aug. 28, hear a 50th Anniversary Concert live from the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, hosted by WCRB's Benjamin K. Roe. To honor one of the greatest speeches in American history, the orchestra presents Boston's musical tribute to the inspiration and ideals that lie at the heart of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream. Christopher Wilkins will lead the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, One-City Choir, the New England Spiritual ensemble, and special guests in a concert of stirring words and inspirational music by Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, Michael Tippett, and Lee Hoiby. The night also will feature Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick narrating the broadcast premiere of Cry, the Beloved Country, Kurt Weill’s moving musical adaptation of the groundbreaking novel by Alan Paton about life in South Africa under apartheid.  

Broadcasting The March for Jobs and Freedom in its Entirety

The full 15 hours of WGBH recordings from the March on Washington was broadcast as a livestream on Wednesday, August 28th, from 9am to midnight. The livestream has concluded, but you can continue to access the March on Washington archive through WGBH Open Vault. Archival material was also used in WGBH News' one-hour radio documentary "Witness to History."

Explore More Public Media about the 1963 March and the Civil Rights Movement

The Educational Radio Network's Original Broadcasts
Listen to coverage of the March on Washington with interviews, and more. 

PBS Black Culture Connection
Get resources like this terrific infographic about March trivia. Did you know organizers provided 80,000 cheese sandwiches?
World Channel Documentary Films on World

On Wednesday, Aug. 28 World Channel broadcasts Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard RustinThe Powerbroker: Whitney Young and the Fight for Civil Rights, and Building the Dream.

Revisit Stories from the US Civil Rights Movement

American Experience broadcasts Eyes on the PrizeCitizen King, and Freedom Riders.

Classroom Guide
Teaching guide for The March on Washington and Its Impact: Background, activities and critical analysis.

The March
Tue, 8/27 at 9pm on WGBH 2
Witness to History: WGBH's Radio Coverage of the 1963 March on Washington
Wed, 8/28 at 2pm on 89.7
A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood
Wed, 8/28 at 7pm on 99.5
March on Washington Broadcast From 1963
Archive available through WGBH Open Vault

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