Civil Rights
7:30 am
Wed August 28, 2013

The March: 50 Years Later

D'Army Bailey says that while he recognized the value of the March on Washington 50 years ago, he was among many activists at the time who were skeptical about its actual political impact. Congress had yet to pass any meaningful civil rights legislation.

Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the 1963 March on Washington, an event that brought a groundswell of national attention to a vigorous Civil Rights Movement. 

The march drew supporters from all across the country, including Memphians Johnnie Turner, Joan Nelson and D'Army Bailey.

In today's radio story, these champions of civil rights in Memphis talk about the meaning of the march at the time and how it lives in memory today.

Additional video documentaries and exclusive interviews are available for viewing on WKNO TV Channel 10.

Today, August. 28, listeners can also participate in the "The Digital March," an online chat with Joan Nelson at 1 p.m. and Johnnie Turner at 5 p.m.