Martin Luther King III, Mayor Gray Join the Trust for the National Mall to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 28, 2013) — The Trust for the National Mall hosted StoryCorps on the National Mall for three days during the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. On August 24-26, the Trust captured personal and moving stories from those who attended the March in 1963, and from individuals whose lives were dramatically affected by the March and the broader civil rights movement.
The Trust for the National Mall interviewed 20 storytellers, including:
• Martin Luther King III
• DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray
• U.S. Representative Terri Sewell (D-AL)
• Dr. Clayborne Carson, Director of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, Stanford University
• Lecia Brooks, Director of Outreach, Southern Poverty Law Center
• Robert Avery, Gadsden City Councilman who attended the March on Washington
• Edith Lee-Payne, 12-year-old captured in well-known March on Washington photograph
• Sasha Reuther, Director of “Brothers on the Line,” story about Reuther brothers who helped push through the Voting Rights Act
• Larry Rubin, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Field Secretary
“The March on Washington was one of the most significant events in our country’s history and in the history of the National Mall,” said Kristine Fitton, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Trust for the National Mall. “Our mission is to preserve not only the park’s memorials and grounds, but its living history. These recorded personal accounts will support the Trust in its efforts to raise awareness of and appreciation for the National Mall as the country’s premier civic stage.”
Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 45,000 interviews with nearly 90,000 participants. Each story will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
About the Trust for the National Mall
The Trust for the National Mall is the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service dedicated to restoring and improving the National Mall, while providing new educational and volunteer opportunities that connect the park’s 30 million annual visitors to the Mall’s rich history. For more information on the Trust for the National Mall, please visit www.nationalmall.org.
StoryCorpsʼ mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, preserve, and share their stories. Each week, millions of Americans listen to StoryCorpsʼ award winning broadcasts on NPRʼs Morning Edition. StoryCorps has published three New York Times bestsellers: Listening Is an Act of Love, Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, and All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps. For more information, or to listen to stories online, visit www.storycorps.org.