Fifty years ago Wednesday, moderator Frank McGee welcomed viewers to an NBC News special report by saying "the shades are being drawn on one of the most historic days in the nation's history." He was of course talking about the March on Washington, which was then wrapping up on August 28, 1963. NBC News had its correspondents fanned out across Washington to cover the landmark events, including reporter Ray Scherer, who got one of the most heartfelt interviews on the report, with comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory. At the beginning of the special broadcast, McGee tried to go to Scherer at the Lincoln Memorial, but discovered that the reporter seemed to be separated from his cameraman. Later NBC located Scherer on the Washington Mall, ready to start his interview with an exhilarated Gregory. In response to Scherer's questioning about his feelings on the day, Gregory prophetically summed up the March's legacy: "As long as there's a man alive on the face of earth, this day will always be remembered, the world over." You can watch NBC's full interview with Dick Gregory live from the March on Washington in the clip below.
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First published August 27 2013, 12:49 PM