Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Review: The March

Well-Made Documentary Takes the Fluff Out of The March on Washington

Outside of natural disasters, few of history’s momentous events happen spontaneously.

The March on Washington may, through the haze of 50 years, have come to seem as if it were a magical bit of serendipity, but just like D-Day or the lunar landing, it required considerable planning and was the culmination of a string of events and decisions.

And thus The March, a succinct and well-conceived documentary on Tuesday night on PBS (9pm), begins not in Washington, but in Birmingham, Ala., where violence against blacks was explosive in a very literal sense. “Birmingham is ‘Bombingham,’ ” explains Clarence B. Jones, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s lawyer.

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