The March @ 50

THE MARCH @ 50 is a web series by filmmaker Shukree Tilghman that takes a contemporary look at the legacy of the March on Washington, one of the most important social demonstrations of the 20th century, and the delivery of its promises. Premiered August 26, 2013.

  • Jobs | The March @ 50 - Episode 1

    The 1963 March was billed as a march for “Jobs and Freedom.” With the help of Algernon Austin from the Economic Policy Institute, and a trip to Detroit, MI, a city celebrating the 50th anniversary of its own civil rights march, Shukree Tilghman examines the current state of jobs for African Americans in the US.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Voting Rights | The March @ 50 - Episode 2

    The Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder shook the Voting Rights Act to the core. Shukree sits down with Edward Blum, whose firm provided counsel to plaintiffs in the Shelby County case, and Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, to determine the reasons behind this turning point case and what it means for the future of voting in America. 

    Grades: 6-12
  • Still Segregated | The March @ 50 - Episode 3

    Shukree meets with Gary Orfield, co-founder and director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. They explore how American classrooms have re-segregated along ethnic and, often, socio-economic lines.

    Shukree explores this backward momentum with a trip to St. Louis to examine a controversial Missouri Supreme Court decision.

    Grades: 6-9, 11-12
  • Freedom | The March @ 50 - Episode 4

    Since the 1963 March, black male incarceration has become a growth industry. The crime rates trend downward, yet incarceration continues to rise. How can citizens be considered free when behind bars in unprecedented numbers? Shukree seeks answers from Becky Pettit, professor of sociology at the University of Washington, and then takes these questions to his own family. 

    Grades: 6-12
  • The March Forward | The March @ 50 - Episode 5

    This video clip from The March@50 explores the ways today's generation galvanizes and takes action to defend civil rights and advocate for justice.

    Grades: 6-12