March on Washington

The Dream Lives On

August 28, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, which proved a major turning point in the Civil Rights movement.

Vermont Public Television sat down with several Vermonters who attended the March, as they shared their memories and insight into that historic event. For these Vermonters and many others, the dream lives on.


March Arlene Carter, Bernadette Williams, Vernita Weller - Essex Jct., Vt.
Already active with her husband, Rev. Vernon E. Carter, in the Civil Rights movement, Arlene Carter attended with Vernon and their oldest daughter, Bernadette. Younger daughter, Vernita, is currently at work editing her father's memoirs about the movement.

March Kim Cheney - Montpelier, Vt.
Former Vermont Attorney General Kim Cheney was a young lawyer practicing in the Washington D.C. area at the time of the March. Despite misgivings from his colleagues, he attended with his wife and his two-month-old daughter (strapped to his back).

March Leda Schubert - Plainfield, Vt.
Leda Schubert was a politically active 17-year-old student. She attended the March with friends during a summer filled with activism and protest songs.

March Paul Stone - Orwell, Vt.
Paul Stone grew up in a family that was actively involved in civil rights issues. He attended the March with his younger sister and vividly remembers the day's events and their close proximity to Martin Luther King, Jr., during his monumental "I Have a Dream" speech.



Online Connections

During August, PBS' Black Culture Connection will host a variety of related content.

"The March @50," a new web series by filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman, debuts in five weekly installments beginning Monday, Aug. 26. Episodes will be released on successive Mondays, followed on Wednesdays by a live chat related to that week's episode.

"Memories of the March" - video vignettes and reminiscences from across the country.

August 28 Events - on the actual anniversary date, the PBS site hosts a full day of special online events, activities and live chats.

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In the summer of 1964, a year after the March on Washington, Vermonters Chris Williams and Wallace Roberts participated in 'get-out-the-vote' and other civil rights initiatives in the South, in what came to be known as Freedom Summer. In May of 2011, they shared some of their memories with VPT.

Chris Williams
Wallace Roberts

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