Motown Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr’s The Great March On Washington with Digital Release and VR Museum

The Great March On Washington – one of the most significant recordings made during the civil rights movement of the 1960s is available as a digital release for the first time.

Recorded on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on August 23, 1963, it was rush-released as an album in later that year culminating with Martin Luther King, Jr.’s iconic “I Have A Dream” speech.

Released by Motown Records/Universal Music Enterprises (UMe), The Great March can be purchased / streamed HERE.

Coinciding with the digital release of the album, TIME and executive producer Viola Davis invite the public to step back into history with THE MARCH – a  groundbreaking VR museum exhibit that recreates the March on Washington and allows visitors to witness firsthand the “I Have a Dream” speech.  Spectators on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial chime in audibly as King proceeds making listeners feel as if they’re 10 ft. from the podium. The exhibit at the Dusable Museum of African American History in Chicago will run through November 2020.

For details and tickets, visit https://time.com/the-march/.

The Great March On Washington also features the iconic speech made that day by civil rights activist and labor union rights leader A. Philip Randolph, one of the leaders and organisers of the Great March – a.k.a  the March for Jobs & Freedom. Following his seven-minute-plus speech that opens the album, Randolph’s erudite speaking voice continues throughout as the de facto “emcee.” Randolph introduces the day’s other orators, including Walter Reuther, the president of the United Auto Workers (UAW) who was a longstanding ally of the civil rights movement; Roy Wilkins, the executive secretary of the NAACP who was named its executive director the following year; and Whitney M. Young, Jr., the executive director of the National Urban League and one of the organizers of the March.

The album also includes a stirring performance of “We Shall Overcome,” the traditional gospel song that became an anthem of the civil rights movement, recorded at Motown by its artist Liz Lands, who is accompanied by The Voices of Salvation.

THE GREAT MARCH ON WASHINGTON  [digital release]

1. A. Philip Randolph (7:17)

2. Walter Reuther (6:50)

3. Roy Wilkins (10:29)

4. Liz Lands – We Shall Overcome (3:31)

5. Whitney M. Young, Jr. (6:59)

6. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (18:19)