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50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

WSKG is joining public media around the country to honor the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Have a memory of the Civil Rights Movement and the March on Washington? Or a reflection on how it effects you today? Email to share it!


  1. In addition to the great stories below, join WSKG for:
    - The March at 9:00pm on August 27th on WSKG TV (plus a live chat)
    The Digital March, a day-long online chat starting at 12:00pm on August 28th (featuring Dr. Dorothy Cotton, SCLC Director of Education and resident of Ithaca, NY)
    Meet Me At Equality at 10:00pm on August 30th (a documentary by Ithaca College Professor James Rada featuring work by his students)

    Make sure to check out the PBS Black Culture Connection, your resource and guide to films, stories and voices across public television centered around Black history & culture.
  2. Throughout the summer, we've been preserving stories and perspectives from the community, including some notable figures living right next door. Follow our journey:
  3. Thank you to Dorothy Cotton for participating in the live chat!
  4. "'Those who have said be patient and wait — we must say that we cannot be patient,' the 23-year-old chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) said that day. "We do not want our freedom gradually. But we want to be free now.'"
  5. The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was originally broadcast live across the Educational Radio Network (known as ERN, a precursor to NPR) on August 28, 1963. The coverage began at 9:00am and continued for 15 uninterrupted hours. Click below to listen to the broadcast in real-time on August 28th, 2013 starting at 9:00am (broadcast schedule included):
  6. Ithaca College professor James Rada had an idea - to record the voices of everyday people who participated in the March on Washington on August 28th, 1963. And he took IC students with him. Read the story:
  7. Many locals were young when the march happened, but they remember it well. We started to wonder: what do today's kids think about an event that happened 50 years ago, long before they were born? Hear their answers below:
  8. New York Now from WMHT in Albany, NY featured interviews with Rep. John Lewis (the last surviving speaker) and former New York Governor David paterson. Watch now:
  9. Michelle Norris's Race Card Project collects six-word sentences on race, ethnicity and cultural identity.  Click below to read the story of Edith Lee-Payne, who became the poster child of the 1963 March, and her six words. 
  10. Our interview with Dorothy Cotton, Director of Education and part of Dr. Martin Luther Kings trusted inner circle in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, is up!