Public television station PBS39 of Fort Wayne and the University of Saint Francis are partnering to offer a free preview screening of the upcoming PBS documentary, “The March,” on Sunday, Aug. 25 in the auditorium of the USF Performing Arts Center, formerly the Scottish Rite Center, at 431 W. Berry St., Fort Wayne. The screening will be free and is open to the public. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. for the 4 p.m. event. Free parking is available across the street.
“The March” reveals the dramatic story behind the March on Washington through the remembrances of key players such as Jack O’Dell, Clarence B. Jones, Julian Bond and Andrew Young. Supporters giving testimonials of the March include Harry Belafonte, Diahann Carroll, Roger Mudd, Peter Yarrow and Oprah Winfrey, in addition to historians, journalists, authors and ordinary citizens who joined some 250,000 Americans thronging to the capital on that momentous day to peacefully demand an end to two centuries of discrimination and injustice. This documentary is scheduled to premiere on PBS39HD/channel 39-1 on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 9 p.m.
In addition to the community preview screening, PBS39 is extending this program as part of the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne MLK Club and Fort Wayne Urban League’s “Sharing the Legacy” event, a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech in Washington, D.C. The event will be held Aug. 28 in the USF Performing Arts Center ballroom from 3:30pm-5:00pm.
“Sharing the Legacy” offers discussions between those who lived during the era, including some who attended the speech and were active in the social justice movement, and younger listeners. The profound impact the experience, speech and March on Washington made upon the speakers, their generation and the world today will be passed on. Students of all ages are encouraged to attend.
In addition to the special screening of “The March,” the story-telling and mentoring will be augmented by the broadcast of the complete, 17-minute historic speech and the display of the podium Dr. King used to deliver his Fort Wayne speech just two months before the D.C. event. A photo and story exhibit about Dr. King’s Fort Wayne speech will be displayed.
Guests at both the free screening of “The March” on Sunday, August 25 and “Sharing the Legacy” on August 28 will be able to have their picture taken next to this historic podium as part of each event.