The March

University of Oregon
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0:00 - Introduction (by Carl T. Rowan)

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Partial Transcript: Ladies and gentlemen, I'm Carl T. Rowan...

Segment Synopsis: Carl T. Rowan reads a prefatory statement added to The March at the request of the Johnson Administration.

Keywords: Carl T. Rowan; James Blue; The March

1:00 - Part I: Setting the Scene

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Partial Transcript: Freedom Now movement, hear me! We are requesting all citizens...

Segment Synopsis: Preparations for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom are underway as citizens prepare mentally, spiritually, and physically for a long day of demonstrations. Marchers from Danville, VA, perform "Eyes on the Prize" and "We Shall Overcome," volunteers in New York City prepare cheese sandwiches, and churchgoers in Los Angeles pray together before departing for the march. Volunteers in Washington, DC, are preparing the National Mall for all the demonstrators.

Keywords: A. Philip Randolph; Danville, VA; Eyes on the Prize; Freedom Now movement; James Blue; Los Angeles, CA; New York City, NY; The March; Washington, D.C.

8:55 - Part II: The Marchers Arrive

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Partial Transcript: Five, four, three, two, one...

Segment Synopsis: Volunteers conduct final audio checks as the first marchers begin to arrive in Washington, DC. The Danville, VA, marchers gather in the night to sing and pray together one last time before the day of the march. Morning trains and busses arrive just in time for the march. Joan Baez and Odetta perform for those waiting to begin.

Keywords: James Blue; Joan Baez; Odetta; Spiritual Trilogy; The March; We Shall Not Be Moved; We Shall Overcome

15:47 - Part III: The March Begins

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Partial Transcript: We call this section of our program to a halt...

Segment Synopsis: Marchers sing while proceeding to the Lincoln Memorial.

Keywords: Demonstrating G.I.; James Blue; La Borinqueña; Ossie Davis; The March; We Are Soldiers in the Army; We Shall Not Be Moved

18:52 - Part IV: Marian Anderson & Martin Luther King, Jr. (Redacted speech)

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Partial Transcript: Ladies and gentlemen, ladies and gentlemen, your attention please!

Segment Synopsis: Marian Anderson performs "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" and Martin Luther King, Jr., gives his famous "I Have A Dream" speech. Dr. King's family still holds the copyright to his speech, and it is redacted here out of respect for their wishes. You can read and listen to the speech in full at the link below.

Keywords: James Blue; Marian Anderson; Martin Luther King, Jr.; The March


Hyperlink: Link to recording and transcript of "I Have A Dream" provided by the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, Stanford University.
29:44 - Part V: The March Ends

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Partial Transcript: On behalf of the National Committee on the March on Washington...

Segment Synopsis: Marchers join together for one last song before parting ways as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom concludes.

Keywords: Eva Jessye Choir; Geraldine Anderson; James Blue; The March; We Shall Overcome

32:19 - Part VI: Conclusions

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Partial Transcript: There were many who praised this day...

Segment Synopsis: The narrator (James Blue himself) offers concluding thoughts on the lasting impact of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Keywords: James Blue; The March