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We hear from national figures and from local veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, one of them helped Dr. King plan the event held 50 years ago today. In 1963, was LA as segregated as the Deep South?  What about education, employment opportunities and integrated schools? Also, would there have been a civil rights movement without music? We talk with a musician who shared the stage with Bob Dylan and Joan Baez on the Lincoln Memorial.

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, we hear the voice of Dr. King and talk with people who attended the March on Washington. Why did integrated non-violence surprise the nation? How much of Dr. King's "Dream" has been achieved and what's been forgotten? 

 

Banner image: Protest march against the segregation of US schools. Photo: US National Archives and Records Administration

Producers:
Evan George
Kerry Cavanaugh
Katie Cooper

Main Topic The March on Washington and Civil Rights in Los Angeles 19 MIN, 46 SEC

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. But Southern California was another active center of the civil rights movement. We speak with four civil rights veterans, men who helped train and organize Freedom Riders, led student sit-ins, fought against "restricted" housing and put their lives on the line against other injustices.

Guests:
James Lawson, long-time civil rights leader
Christopher Jimenez y West, Pasadena City College
Clinton Benton, Upper Room Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church
John Mack, Los Angeles Police Commission

Reporter's Notebook Music that Fueled the March on Washington 8 MIN, 17 SEC

Len Chandler is a singer and guitarist who shared the stage during the March on Washington with Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. KCRW producer Evan George caught up with him this week to find out how he got there. We also hear from Ross Altman, who’s organized a musical retrospective on the March on Washington, scheduled for Saturday, August 31, at the Allendale Branch Library in Pasadena.

Guests:
Len Chandler, musician
Ross Altman, folk singer and activist

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