Meaning of the March

Watch the videos below to learn more about James Blue, the March on Washington, and the Long Civil Rights Movement.

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Who was James Blue?

Richard Herskowitz, Artistic and Executive Director of the Ashland Independent Film Festival, Curator of Media Arts at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, and Chair of the James Blue Project, discusses James Blue’s early years and the shaping of his artistic vision.

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Criss Kovac, Supervisor of the Motion Picture Preservation Lab at the National Archives and Records Administration (Washington, DC), discusses key features of the film and how she restored the original negatives of The March.

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What was it like to march?

Representative John Lewis, who delivered one of the speeches at the March on Washington, recounts the day of the March.

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How does the Eyes on the Prize tell the story of the March?

An excerpt from Eyes on the Prize (the award-winning documentary on the long Civil Rights Movement) uses film from Blue’s documentary to portray the march.

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How do other documentaries portray the March?

An excerpt from a United States Information Agency documentary about the March on Washington complements Blue’s film.


A video from National Museum of African American History and Culture captures key moments from the August 28, 1963, March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.


This video features the music of the March on Washington.

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How do scholars compare the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s to modern social movements?

In her TED Talk, Professor Zeynep Tufekci explains why Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement were more effective than recent movements.


You can find a general timeline of the Civil Rights Movement on Wikipedia.

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