KLRU and PBS have a special night of programs on August 27th celebrating the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington, a watershed moment in the Civil Rights Movement that helped usher in sweeping civil rights legislation and a sea change in public opinion. In addition to the evening of programs, PBS Black Culture Connection will debut The March @50, a provocative five-part web series exploring whether America has delivered on the promises of the March. Watch The March @50 now
In Performance at the White House at 7 pm
Hosted by President and Mrs. Obama in the East Room of the White House, featuring popular musicians performing contemporary arrangements of music that galvanized the U.S. civil rights movement of the late 1950s and 1960s.
The March at 8 pm
Unprecedented in size, the August 28, 1963 massive demonstration for racial and economic equality issued a clarion call for racial justice that would help usher in sweeping civil rights legislation and a sea change in public opinion. The event, which will forever be remembered for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s stirring “I Have a Dream” speech, endures today as a symbol of unity and monumental impact.
Independent Lens “The Powerbroker” at 9 pm
Whitney M. Young Jr. was one of the most celebrated — and controversial — leaders of the civil rights era. This documentary follows his journey from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban League. Unique among black leaders, he took the fight directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government, including three presidents.
American Masters “James Baldwin” at 10 pm
Using archival material that reflects author James Baldwin worldwide influence and appeal, the film includes interviews with family members, friends and notable colleagues, including Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, William Styron, Amiri Baraka, Richard Avedon, and Bobby Short, among others.