Media, Memory, and the March on Washington: How We Teach and What We Learn about the Speech that Changed America

A public program of the National Communication Association in partnership with the Newseum Institute 

"MEDIA, MEMORY, AND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON" AIRED ON C-SPAN'S AMERICAN HISTORY TV
ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 2013

July 29, 2013
Newseum, Washington, DC

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Fifty years have passed since Martin Luther King, Jr., presented his famous “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Since that hot August day in 1963, Americans from all walks of life have pondered, criticized, praised, and appreciated the power of King’s words.

Rather than simply adding to the array of encomiums that will undoubtedly emerge for the golden anniversary of King’s oratory, this program brings together academic scholars and journalists who covered the March on Washington to provide a different perspective.

How have we remembered King’s speech? How have the speech and March been portrayed, represented, and understood in the media, by journalists, in popular culture? How do we teach this speech and what do we learn about this oration that changed America? What does it mean to Americans and America, fifty years later?

MODERATOR
Gene Policinski, chief operating officer, Newseum Institute

PANELISTS
Carole Blair, professor of communication studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Frank Bond, journalist and Newseum producer
Richard Prince, journalist
Catherine Squires, associate professor of mass communication, University of Minnesota
Kirt Wilson, associate professor of communication arts and sciences, The Pennsylvania State University