Oprah, Belafonte Featured In 'Provocative' March On Washington Doc

News & Views | By Camille Travis | 07/02/2013 | 11:19 AM EDT

PBS airs special on eve of historic Civl Rights event

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, PBS is set to air what is being described as a "provocative" look at the historic political event that set the stage for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech on the National Mall.


The March
, premiering in August, will feature key individuals from inside King's inner circle including Jack O'Dell, director of voter registration for King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Clarence B. Jones, King's legal counsel and close friend; Norman Hill, a march coordinator; and Rachelle Horowitz, top lieutenant to the late Bayard Rustin, chief organizer of the March on Washington.


"History has a way of repeating itself," said executive producer Laura Michalchyshyn. "Were telling the story of the March on Washington in a manner that is frankly very provocative. Our hope is to create something where you feel like youre actually there."


The John Akomfrah-directed film will also include commentary from Oprah Winfrey, Harry Belafonte and Diahann Carroll, as well as rare footage of performances by Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and more.


"The March is the watershed moment of the Civil Rights Movement, the culmination of a hundred years of activism against segregation and social injustice for people of color in the U.S.," said Akomfrah. "Re-telling this story is my small contribution to that monumental struggle."


The March
will air Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 9 p.m. EST on PBS.

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