August 28 1963

August 24 2010

After the March on Washington: James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte, Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston, Joseph Mankiewicz, Sidney Poitier. A serious and moving document. There isn’t a joke or a smile.

Poitier had been born in the Bahamas. The moderator is David Schoenbrun, the network therefore presumably CBS. He calls them a group from Hollywood: that surely did not apply to Baldwin.

Kennedy was assassinated less than three months later.

5 Responses to “August 28 1963”

  1. dean worrow Says:

    Interesting that Brando started talking about the ebb and flow of history. Makes me wonder if he’d read Toynbee? Also – Baldwin’s comment at the end – I wonder what he would have to say about the resurgence of the ‘n’ word among the black community (especially in pop culture) in recent years. Perhaps Shoenbrun’s point about jobs was a prescient one. All very well having rights in principle ….

  2. dean worrow Says:

    Toynbee thought that black American Christians were, in some sense, the torchbearers of unadulturated Christianity in western civilisation. If I have time I’ll search out the passage that I distinctly remember.

  3. dean worrow Says:

    The paragraphs I was thinking of are in SOH vol 2, II D, vi, the stimulus of penalisations, caste, pps 216-220.

    The last paragraph seems quaint today. But I think all his writing on slavery and social segregation had the same sense of christian outrage and moral repugnance. Which makes me wonder why he was accused of leaning towards fascism.


  4. […] The March on Washington took place, and that speech was given, fifty years ago today. Immediately after it, CBS broadcast a television discussion with James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte, Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston, Joseph Mankiewicz and Sidney Poitier. I linked to it here. […]


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