Mon, 08/05/2013 (All day)
Prince George’s County Library Recognizes 50-year Anniversary of the March on Washington
BOWIE, Md.—The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System will hold two free events at the Bowie branch recognizing the 50-year anniversary of the March on Washington, which under Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership called for civil and economic rights for black people.
The Civil Rights Concert is on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 2 p.m. Musicians Ken and Brad Kolodner will perform familiar tunes such as “We Shall Overcome,” “If I had A Hammer” and “Blowing in The Wind” with traditional folk instruments. They will also perform music selections by Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. Walt Michael, founder and executive director of Common Ground on the Hill, will lead the audience in singing.
The Civil Rights Movement and the Media, presented by the National Capital Radio and Television Museum, is on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. Curators from the National Capital Radio and Television Museum will discuss the significance of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and how the movement used the media to reach the nation and spur civil rights.
The March on Washington was a political rally during the civil rights movement of the 1960s designed to shed light on the political and social changes black people faced across the country. Clergymen, civil rights leaders, politicians and entertainers led the original march on Aug. 28, 1963, with speeches, songs and prayers in Washington, D.C. The March on Washington is celebrated annually to commemorate the leaders of the civil rights movement, according to www.history.com.
Both programs take place at the Bowie branch library at 15210 Annapolis Road in Bowie, Md. For more information, visit the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System’s website at www.pgcmls.info or call 301-699-3500.
Prince George’s County Memorial Library Systemprovides materials and information for study and personal enrichment, offering strategies for lifelong learning through access to varied media and professional guidance. The library system consists of branches in 19 communities including Accokeek, Baden, Beltsville, Bladensburg, Bowie, Fairmount Heights, Glenarden, Greenbelt, Hillcrest Heights, Hyattsville, Largo-Kettering, Laurel, Mount Rainier, New Carrollton, Oxon Hill, South Bowie, Spauldings, Surratts-Clinton and Upper Marlboro. (www.pgcmls.info )