Denzel Washington Narrates PBS Civil Rights Documentary 'The March'

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Denzel Washington is the narrator of a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) documentary on the US Civil Rights movement. The documentary, The March, will focus on the 1963 March on Washington which saw Martin Luther King make his 'I Have A Dream' speech.

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Denzel Washington at the New York premiere of 2 Guns.

PBS made the announcement to the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday 5th August. The network said Washington has recently finished taping for the documentary.

The March celebrates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, an event which remains one of the largest political rallies in US history. With thousands of Civil Rights activists turning up in Washington, and filling the public spaces in front of the White House and Lincoln Memorial, the march is arguably one of the most important events in the history of the Civil Rights movement for African Americans. The March will air on PBS on August 27, a day before the 50th anniversary of the March.

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Denzel Washington at the UK premiere of Flight.

In addition to Washington's narration, the documentary will feature commentary by the march's participants including Clarence Jones (one of King's aides); Joyce Ladner (field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) and Clayborne Carson (a history professor at Stanford University). Roger Mudd, who covered the march for CBS, will also be sharing his memories. 

Mudd, speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour, provided a sneak peek of what can be expected from the documentary. He emphasised the importance of the March - as reported by Yahoo - saying of the Civil Rights movement: "I never heard much about what was going on outside. My first-hand look at the marvellous men and women who participated in that. was for me a revelation and I dare say for the men and women on Capitol Hill."

The March will air on PBS on August 27th.

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Denzel Washington at the premiere of Flight in Madrid.


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