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John Lewis Marches On

series: Moyers & Company

air date: 8/30/13 8:00 PM

On an encore rebroadcast of Moyers & Company (check local listings), Bill Moyers and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) meet to share experiences and revelations about the momentous March on Washington, which they both attended 50 years ago. Moyers and Lewis share their experiences and revelations from the 60's civil rights era. Their discussion takes them to the spot in front of the Lincoln Memorial where Lewis, Martin Luther King, Jr., Bayard Rustin, Roy Wilkins, and others famously spoke about freedom and justice, creating critical momentum for both the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. While there, Moyers and Lewis attracted a curious crowd of children and adults, and conducted a spontaneous lesson in civil rights history: http: //billmoyers.com/segment/john-lewis-steps-back-into-history/ Threading rarely-seen documentary footage into their conversation, Moyers ̶ who was deputy director of the newly-created Peace Corps at the time ̶ also shares his own memories of the day. He concludes with an essay about how the pursuit of equal rights and opportunities for all Americans ̶ championed at the March on Washington ̶ continues to be thwarted.

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