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How Far Have Black Americans Come in the Past 50 Years? Thoughts on PBS’ ‘The March @50’ Web Series

How Far Have Black Americans Come in the Past 50 Years? Thoughts on PBS' 'The March @50' Web Series

Though documentaries don’t often get the same amount of buzz as other kinds of web content, it’s been refreshing to see more docs – and particularly public media – attempt to tackle black issues and culture in the online space. 

Last month, PBS unveiled a full slate of programming and events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. Among the offerings, the PBS Black Culture Connection website debuted The March @50, a web series by Shukree Tilghman (More Than a Month), which asks if America has delivered on the original demands of the marchers for jobs and freedom.

Four episodes have been released to date with one more on the way. Thus far there have been discussions on jobs, voting rights, school integration and mass incarceration, all with the underlying question of how much progress black Americans have made in the past 50 years. Would Civil Rights leaders be satisfied with what we’ve accomplished? Statistically, how do we stack up against our society half a century ago? The answers are interesting, if unsurprising. 

Find the first four parts of the series below and weigh in with your thoughts:

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