ASPiRE Will Carry the Live Broadcast of Today's National "The Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action Ceremony"
Two Groundbreaking Documentaries Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: A Historical Perspective and King: Man of Peace, Time of War Will Precede Live Broadcast
8/28/2013, 9:26 a.m.
ATLANTA — ASPiRE announced it will carry the live broadcast of today’s national “The Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action Ceremony” (#MLKDream50) in Washington, D.C., marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.’s epic "I Have a Dream" speech. ASPiRE’s live broadcast will start at 1 p.m. ET today. Prior to the ceremony, the network will air two acclaimed Groundbreaking Documentaries: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: A Historical Perspective (11 a.m.-Noon ET) and King: Man of Peace, Time of War (Noon-1 p.m. ET).
“The 1963 March on Washington with Dr. King marked a pivotal point in our history. People of all walks of life banned together in the struggle for human rights, and particularly the civil and economic rights of African Americans,” said Earvin “Magic” Johnson, ASPiRE’s chairman and chief executive officer. “The image of hundreds of thousands of Americans gathered on the National Mall to support equal rights is truly unforgettable and deeply woven into the fabric of who we are – both as a nation and as a network dedicated to showcasing the African American experience. Because so many people were not there to participate and witness this incredible event first hand, I am extremely proud to announce that our network, ASPiRE will share this important moment and commemoration with our viewers. I hope everyone tunes because this is a MUST SEE!”
“Not many people know that the shape of the ‘A’ in our ASPiRE logo was in fact inspired by one distinctive image from the March on Washington where the crowd extends from the Lincoln Memorial, around the Reflecting Pool, and out to The Washington Monument,” said ASPiRE’s General Manager Paul Butler. “As a network, we are thrilled to bring live coverage of this important, historic national event to our viewers.”