James Baldwin & Marlon Brando at the 1963 March on Washington
Sunday, August 25, 2013
On August 28, 1963 -- the date of the historic March on Washington -- the U.S. Information Agency filmed this roundtable discussion with march participants Sidney Poitier, Charlton Heston, Marlon Brando, James Baldwin and Harry Belafonte.
Monday, August 26, 2013 at 10:47am (ET)
The 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was 49 years ago, on August 28, 1963. The march was organized to push for comprehensive civil rights including public school desegregation, voting rights protections and a federal program to train and place unemployed workers. It was at this march that civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. This is a 1963 U.S. Information Agency Film on the march.
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As the nation prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in late August, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston convened a forum to recall the event and its legacy. Congressman John Lewis – who was among those speaking at the Lincoln Memorial before the multitude gathered in 1963 – delivered the keynote address. You'll also see film clips from the March on Washington, and hear the recollections of former U.S. Information Agency photographer Rowland Scherman, who captured some of the day’s most iconic images.
Vanderbilt University professor Sarah Igo talks about the societal shift that occurred during the early 20th century as as modernization impacted businesses and households. Igo focuses on the literary works of individuals such as Christine Frederick, proponent of home economics, and Frederick Winslow Taylor, who sought to improve industrial efficiency.
Author and history professor Michael Vorenberg discusses the legacy of Confederate Captain Henry Wirz, who was in charge of the Andersonville Prison Camp from March 1864 to his arrest in May 1865 for war crimes. Wirz was convicted and executed near the U.S. Capitol building.
Author Kristopher White describes the way the Union and Confederate Armies attempted to innovate during the final year of the war.
Linda Gordon, author of “Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits,” discusses the Depression-era photographer’s personal life and the social and political content of her work.
A panel discusses the history and legacy of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, one of the first African American labor unions in the United States. Panelists explore the role of A. Philip Randolph, the labor and civil rights leader who helped organize the union, as well as the struggles of female members. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History hosted this event.
Dr. Gary Aguilar describes different analyses of the JFK assassination that led to the single-shooter theory and Warren Report conclusion of Lee Harvey Oswald’s guilt.
Author and English Professor Joan Mellen explains the CIA’s involvement in the House Select Committee on Assassinations, which met in 1976 to investigate the JFK and King murders.
Historians and law professors met at the University of Baltimore Law School to discuss Mick Caouette’s film “Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP.” They explored Marshall’s early law career as well as his work in the South to expand voting rights for African Americans. We also hear about his arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, and how he became the first African American appointed to the highest court in the land.