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A Young John Lewis (01:27)


Bill Moyers remembers August 28, 1963, the day he joined the March on Washington and listened to John Lewis, head of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

A Return to the National Mall (01:16)

Moyers and 14-term Congressman John Lewis walk on the National Mall and remember the March on Washington. Lewis talks with students about the civil rights movement.

Violence Against Selma Marchers (02:41)

As John Lewis talks with students, we see scenes of violence as state troopers detained civil rights marchers from Selma to Montgomery. The marchers were committed to non-violence.

At Lincoln's Feet (01:17)

John Lewis points out where Martin Luther King Jr. gave the "I Have a Dream" speech, and recalls giving his own speech fifty years ago.

March on Washington; Aug 28, 1968 (01:44)

Archival footage accompanies Rep. John Lewis' recollections of the march from Capitol Hill to the Lincoln Memorial.

Leaders in the March (02:18)

John Lewis identifies leaders from photographs of the march, representatives from national religious councils, civil rights organizations, labor groups, and others.

Egalitarian Justice (02:16)

John Lewis relives his emotions that day when multitudes were moved by MLK's speech. Moyers notes that themes of social justice, larger than segregation, were addressed that day.

An Almost Spiritual Gathering (02:33)

John Lewis points out that many of those who marched on Washington were people of faith and committed to non-violence, but the city prepared for the proposed march with fear and tension.

Singers Inspire the Congregated Marchers (02:25)

Singers like Mahalia Jackson, Odetta, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan inspired the congregation filled with celebrities. John Lewis talks about meeting President Kennedy that morning.

Repression of Civil Rights Activities (02:09)

Lewis describes the civil rights activities before the March on Washington, remembering the assassination of Medgar Evans, others who were jailed and beaten, and the denial of voting rights.

Build a Beloved Community (02:04)

Despite harassment by authorities, under the tutelage of Jim Lawson, young activists became committed to non-violence and to have respect for every human being.

Rejection of Fear (06:29)

Lewis credits Gandhi and his faith for strength to not let fear control his life. Young John Lewis addresses the Mall gathering. Leaders' concerns brought about changes to his speech.

Changes to Lewis' Speech (01:38)

Young John Lewis changed certain inflammatory phrases in his speech, like the reference to Sherman's march through the South and the question of the government's commitment.

A Social Revolution (02:16)

Lewis explains his reference to a social revolution as a humanizing factor for our institutions, a concern for the social contract. Rep. Lewis applauds President Johnson.

Political Response to Civil Rights Demands (02:26)

Young John Lewis calls for protections of voting rights and the Fair Employment Practices Bill which were later enacted in the Civil Rights Bill of 1964. We hear parts of Lewis' speech.

Return to the South (02:32)

Lewis claims the March on Washington endeavored to clarify the intentions of the civil rights movement to America, but the work had to be done in the South.

"I Have a Dream" Speech (05:34)

John Lewis talks about the inspiring impact of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech. MLK's rebuke to the nation included in the speech hasn't received much notice.

The Poor People's Campaign (01:17)

In the Spring of 1968, MLK proposed another march to call attention to poverty, calling for an egalitarian America. Lewis claims the original March was about jobs, wages and opportunity.

Bayard Rustin's Demands (00:58)

Moyers recalls the list of demands outlined by Bayard Rustin to be included in civil rights legislation: an end to segregation, voting rights, fair employment practices, decent housing.

Birmingham Bombing (01:45)

In John Lewis' memoir, he describes that day as the peak of hope which was disappointed by later history. He recalls the Birmingham church bombing and subsequent funeral.

MLK's Funeral Speech (02:11)

MLK's funeral message in Birmingham still preached non-violence and responding to more militant black criticism, urged love and faith in their white neighbors.

What is the Message for Today? (00:44)

John Lewis reiterates the message that we must come together for the common good.

Bill Moyers' Essay (02:29)

Moyers remembers the harsh times of the civil rights movement and is amazed by the peaceful resistance to unjust treatment, the hopeful demands and unfounded faith in the future.

Credits: Moyers & Company: John Lewis Marches On (02:35)

Credits: Moyers & Company: John Lewis Marches On

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In this edition of Moyers & Company, two icons of the ’60s civil rights era—John Lewis and Bill Moyers—meet to share experiences and revelations related to the momentous March on Washington, which they both attended 50 years ago. Their discussion takes them to the spot in front of the Lincoln Memorial where Lewis, Martin Luther King Jr., Bayard Rustin, Roy Wilkins, and others famously spoke about freedom and justice, creating critical momentum for both the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. Representative Lewis (now a 14-term congressman) shares new insight into how the event unfolded, while Bill (who at the time was deputy director of the newly created Peace Corps) shares his own memories of the day. He concludes with an essay about how the pursuit of equal rights and opportunities for all Americans—so championed at the March on Washington—continues to be thwarted. Broadcast date: July 26, 2013. (57 minutes)

Length: 57 minutes

Item#: EDP55233

ISBN: 978-0-81608-716-7

Copyright date: ©2013

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