As the nation prepares to reflect upon the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic "I Have a Dream" speech, television is celebrating with special programs and documentaries (all times Pacific):

  • "PoliticsNation: March on Washington: The Dream Continues": Reverend Al Sharpton hosts a live two-hour special from the National Mall that includes interviews with civil rights activists, past and present. Sharpton will lead the march on Saturday. 3 p.m. Friday, MSNBC.

  • "We Were There: The March on Washington -- An Oral History": A documentary anchored by Don Lemon that features firsthand accounts of people who attended the original march. Among those interviewed: U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who spoke at the event. 7 and 10 p.m. Friday, CNN.

    (FILES) US civil rights leader Martin Luther KIng (C) waves to supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial 28 August 1963 on the Mall in Washington
    (FILES) US civil rights leader Martin Luther KIng (C) waves to supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial 28 August 1963 on the Mall in Washington DC (Washington Monument in background) during the "March on Washington". 28 August marks the 40th anniversary of the famous "I Have a Dream" speech, which is credited with mobilizing supporters of desegregation and prompted the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Martin Luther King was assassinated on 04 April 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. James Earl Ray confessed to shooting King and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. AFP PHOTO/FILES ( - )

  • "50: The March & the Movement": A live two-hour special honoring the trailblazers who organized the original event, along with contributors reporting along the march route. 8 a.m. Saturday, BET.

  • "Beyond the Dream: 50 Years Later": A half-hour special commemorating the original march. Also included: A sit-down interview with Bernice King, daughter of Dr. King. 2 p.m. Saturday, Fox News.

  • "Meet the Press Special Edition: Remembering the Dream": A rebroadcast of the Aug. 25, 1963, edition of "Meet the Press," featuring interviews with Martin Luther King Jr. and NAACP executive secretary Roy Wilkins. The program aired three days before King delivered his speech. 7:30 a.m. Sunday, NBC.


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  • "The March": A documentary narrated by Denzel Washington that recalls the behind-the-scenes efforts that went into planning the 1963 event. 9 p.m. Tuesday, PBS.

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