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The March (1963) Film

The March (1963) Film

Directed by James Blue. Introduction by Carl Rowan.

Courtesy of the National Archives (National Archives Identifier 47526)


Note: The audio from 23:13 to 29:44 in this film has been redacted due to a copyright restriction by Dr. King’s family.

In 2008, The Motion Picture Preservation Lab completed a full digital restoration of James Blue’s monumental film, The March to mark the 50th anniversary of the The March for Jobs and Freedom. The original negatives assembled by James Blue were scanned and three months were spent restoring defects in the image and enhancing the audio track. For more information please visit the National Archives Unwritten Record Blog.


For further reading:

National Archives Unwritten Record Blog

March on Washington, D.C.: Rev. King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

March on Washington, DC: Lincoln Memorial Program

March on Washington, DC: Final Organization Plans

March on Washington, DC : My Omen for the Success of the March by John E. Hansan, Ph.D

March on Washington, D.C. August 28, 1963 by John E. Hansan, Ph.D., an Organizer for Cincinnati’s Delegation 

How to Cite this Article (APA Format): Blue, J. (2017). The march (1963) film. Social Welfare History Project. Retrieved [date accessed] from


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