TV ONE DOCUMENTARY ON BELAFONTE
SILVER SPRING, Md. — To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, the TV One cable network (tvone.tv) will air Sing Your Song, profiling noted African-American singer, actor and activist Harry Belafonte, on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 11 am ET. The film documents his transformation into a champion for human rights worldwide.
Sing Your Song features interviews with Belafonte’s family, Diahann Carroll, Ruby Dee, Whoopi Goldberg, Quincy Jones, Coretta Scott King, Rep. John Lewis, Miriam Makeba, Nelson Mandela and Sidney Poitier, among others.
‘NewsHour’ special coverage
PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Gwen Ifill is leading a series of conversations on the anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington that featured the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech and helped usher in sweeping civil rights legislation. (Check local air times.)
Monday, Aug. 26 — Cleveland Sellars, who was involved in the Orangeburg, S.C. protests and was in D.C. for the march, and his son Bakari Sellars, now a South Carolina state lawmaker running for lieutenant governor, discuss the impact of the march on their lives then and now.
Tuesday, Aug. 27 — Historian Peniel Joseph and director Bonnie Boswell Hamilton discuss the march, the fight for civil rights and Boswell’s documentary The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights, which tells the story of her uncle, a march participant. The documentary re-airs that night on PBS.
Wednesday, Aug. 28 — To commemorate the actual anniversary of the march, Gwen Ifill interviews U.S. Rep. John Lewis, the only surviving speaker from that day.
Online Aug. 28 — NewsHour will live stream, from the Lincoln Memorial, the “Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action Ceremony” beginning at 1 p.m. EDT.
Thursday, Aug. 29 — The legacy of the march in a joint interview with historian Taylor Branch and filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman, whose monthlong PBS web series The March@50 and Google hangouts begin that week.
Denzel to narrate on ’63 March
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Denzel Washington will narrate for the PBS documentary The March, airing Tuesday, Aug. 27, a day after the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. The film includes march participants Clarence Jones, a King aide; Joyce Ladner, field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; and Clayborne Carson, Stanford history professor.
•Picture above Harry Belafonte.