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The '63 March: Going to D.C.

From: WGBH Radio Boston
Length: 07:03

This is the first in a five-part radio series focusing on the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The leaders demanded an end to segregation and employment discrimination.

March_small Before there was an historic march on Washington for civil rights, there were tumultuous events leading up to it, including a civil rights movement that felt frustrated by the inaction of political leaders in Washington D.C. Using materials from the WGBH Radio archives, this is the first of a five-part series produced by Phillip Martin in Boston focusing on the leaders of the 1963 March and how they reached consensus on the political demands for the gathering and who would be their spokespeople. Planning for the protest was complicated and politically risky for civil rights organizers as they wanted action from Washington leaders who feared the march would spark violence.

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Before there was an historic march on Washington for civil rights, there were tumultuous events leading up to it, including a civil rights movement that felt frustrated by the inaction of political leaders in Washington D.C. Using materials from the WGBH Radio archives, this is the first of a five-part series produced by Phillip Martin in Boston focusing on the leaders of the 1963 March and how they reached consensus on the political demands for the gathering and who would be their spokespeople. Planning for the protest was complicated and politically risky for civil rights organizers as they wanted action from Washington leaders who feared the march would spark violence.

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Review of Going to D.C.

Fast-moving, well-narrated, lots of good voice clips and a general feeling of immediacy promise to bring this amazing historical event fully to life in future episodes. A timeless series, because always there are people struggling for equality.

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http://www.wgbh.org/march