About This Episode
"I Have a Dream..." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The March tells the forgotten stories which led to the call for the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and the fierce opposition from the U.S. government. It tells of the eventual acceptance of the March by the state and the heroic endeavors to fundraise, organize and execute the event by hundreds of civil rights activists across America. The presence of Hollywood actors, directors and writers helped to add 'glamour' to the call for equality. And it charts the unfolding dramas of the behind-the-scenes events, including the fears of chaos, disturbances and the threat of racial violence.
The March is the story of the making of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, told by the people who organized and participated in it. It is a story of massive achievement, the catalyst to the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the beginnings of the legacy of freedom for all American citizens. And it is the story of discrimination, defiance and victory told by the people who made it happen and whose lives it changed forever.