WGBY is marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on August 27, 2013 at 9pm with a one-hour documentary, The March, narrated by Denzel Washington. The 1963 March was a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement when more than 250,000 people joined in peaceful demonstration for racial and economic equality. Their clarion call helped usher in sweeping civil rights legislation and a sea change in public opinion.
The March on Washington can generate powerful learning experiences in the classroom. For warm-up activities, you can check students’ knowledge with a quiz and browse and share different facts and stats about the March.
From PBS NewsHour Extra here are three great resources designed to support the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Lesson Plans and resources:
- The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Quick Guide– The who, what, when, why, where and how of the March.
- The Interactive Timeline of the History of Civil Rights Movement– An interactive timeline filled with video and text about the events that shaped the Civil Rights Movement. For teachers there is a timeline guide that denotes the event and the length of its corresponding video.
- The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Glossary– Use this comprehensive glossary to help students build a foundation on the vocabulary of the Civil Rights Movement.