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freedom and produced a documentary for western audiences. by law, the film cannot be shown in the united states until 12 years after the original production. up next, the 20 minute film titled "the march on washington." [chanting] >> a giant step toward full participation in american life and affairs was taken by the american negro in a capital of united states, august 28, 1963.
♪ >> the step was taken solemnly and in union with many of their white countrymen. ♪ >> deep in my heart, i still believe. we shall overcome someday. ♪ >> ♪ we shall overcome, we shall overcome, we shall overcome someday. ooo, deep in my heart, i do believe, that we shall overcome someday. ♪ >> the footsteps of the march on washington was firm them with a quiet purpose and a mannerly rhythm, it aroused even
dissenters, and awareness of the ♪ ooo, deep in my heart, i do believe, that we shall overcome someday. ♪ >> the footsteps of the march on washington was firm them with a quiet purpose and a mannerly rhythm, it aroused even in dissenters, and awareness of the right of the negroes as americans, to share equally not only the sun and air so clear on the day of their march, but their right as americans to
share opportunity and privilege as well. america has known this intellectually for a long time. by 100 years by history's calendar. on august 28, america learned in emotionally, with clarity more penetrating than intellect. every kind and class. every generation of america participated. if not in the city of washington, across the land by television. american mutiny attended the march and earned in the all-encompassing cry for freedom from indignity. america heard back. everybody attended the march in
washington august 28. in this city that has a massive traffic problem, even in normal times, traffic had been rerouted and acres of space had been reserved for the buses that brought the thousands of visiting demonstrators. [applause] >> i would like to say -- >> ♪ i had a hammer in the evening, all over this land. ♪
>> momentum for the march was slowly. students, parents, grandparents. walking down the wide avenue named in honor of the constitution of the country. no attempt was made, or thought given to strict lines of marking. the mood of the day was serious, but relaxed. 200,000 strong they marched in the largest demonstration for civil rights in the history of the united states. ♪
>> catholics, protestants, and jews, westerners, northerners, and southerners. a cross-section of the 50 states were represented as they progressed along the avenue. loosely grouped together by whats or stations or flows. some arrived by rollerskates. some by train and plane. some drove automobiles 30, 50 miles. all now walked to the memorial site preserved by abraham lincoln. they walked to express to the nation, and a peaceful fashion, their rights to freely assemble and be heard as spelled out in the first amendment of the constitution of the united states. the first amendment requires that the government, not only refrain from interference from
peaceful assemblies, it must restrain the restrainer is as well. the boston tea party let off a large chain of effective social protests in america. the suffrage demonstrations spread to many cities before their cause was victorious. and the struggles of american labor were traditionally advertised through the right to peacefully assemble and be heard. a renowned american jurist recently said, a function of free speech under our system is to invite dispute. it may strike at prejudices and preconceptions and have profound unsettling effects as it presses for acceptance of an idea. >> ♪ we shall not be moved. we shall not be moved.
>> all-americans, traveling no matter where in the world today. are in the position and made aware of the country's reputation. it is not easy to be an american abroad. nor is it easy to make coherent for those who are not american the nature and meaning of our struggle. we are forever indebted to those americans represented by the march on washington for giving us a stunning example about what america aspires to become, and for helping others to redefine, what is meant by the american revolution. we recognize that it is not only in america where the freedom for the battle is being waged, the
struggle for freedom on the part isthe previously subjugated happening in capitals and villages around the world. our future, and the future of the world depends. [applause] >> 130 members of the congress of the united states arrived at the rally to add their support, and the cities of the states they represent. [applause] ♪
[applause] >> i want some of you to help me win a bet. i want everybody out here in the open to keep quiet. and i want to hear a yell and a thunder from all of those people who are out there under the trees. let's hear you! [cheers and applause] here is one of them in the tree. [laughter] [applause] >> let us bow our heads in prayer.
the president's concern with the progress of the negro in housing, education, and employment is well-known. the members of the overall policy committee of the march in washington reported that the conference was friendly and cooperative. chairman randolph reports first. >> we believe that it is going to have its affect on the image of our country all over the world. because it will indicate that not only are negroes struggling to achieve, but a transition from second-class to first class citizenship, but there are white brothers and sisters marching
arm in arm with the negro, citizens of the country, for the purpose of achieving this objective. consequently, this is, and has been, a great american experience. >> the reverend dr. eugene carson blake united presbyterian church of the added states of america was a mother one of the march leaders -- was another one of the march leaders. >> one was to get behind the leadership of the negro community. we are proud to have served behind and strengthening. the other thing is, we did produce a non-segregated march. >> mr. walter reuther was a member of the committee -- was a member that met with president kennedy. >> i believe what we started here today is laid the groundwork for the building of a
functioning, broad system of americans of all walks of life and points of view, from all races and creeds, and colors, can carry on, not only the common struggles to achieve an effective and meaningful civil rights legislation, but do the day-to-day job of fighting discrimination in education, housing, employment, and in public accommodations. i think this is the true significance of what we have started today. >> i am on a to present the leader of our nation, one less conducted a moral campaign in the southern area of the nation. against the citadel of racism. dr. martin luther king, jr. >> thank you mr. randolph. i would simply like to say that i think that this has been one
of the great days of america. and i take this march will go down as one of the greatest cup if not the greatest demonstration for freedom and human dignity ever held in the united states. >> the slumbering conscience of america stood aroused, tall and awakened, as twilight settled over the march in washington on august 28. it admitted a lingering sense of change. it admitted that pain had been overlooked. in so doing, america reminded herself of her destiny. her aspirations. the dreams that brought forth her birth. and america turned her eyes full upon the issues of freedom and justice. issues for all. she turned her attention to the civil rights bill before the congress, which is currently under examination of the elected representatives of all the towns and cities of the land.
she turned her thoughts to the job ahead. the sound and spirit of a massive reminder of the meaning of freedom, traveled around the world on the day of august 28. rightfully initiating from the grounds where abraham lincoln silently and bravely, watching over this land from the memorial erected in his memory. the u.s. is reminded, it is not enough to hope together, to pray together, she is reminded she must speak for the common good. >> ♪ i do believe, we shall overcome someday.
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found was that bill moyers had written a nice sign statement where itdent johnson said in ringing language that democracy works best when they know what the government is doing. they must taxes to the policies and rules. government officials should not be able to pull curtains of secrecy. , we nowgreat about this know from lbj's own schedule, that on the telephone, johnson called moyers and said cut that out. moyers has to exclude this ringing section of our declaration. and this is put in there. this is lbj's language.
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