Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly win 2009 Carnegie Medal for MARCH ON! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World

Contacts: Macey Morales / Jennifer Petersen
ALA Media Relations

For Immediate Release                                  
January 26, 2009  

DENVER – Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly of Weston Woods Studios, producers of “March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World,” are the 2009 recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video. The video is Dr. Christine King Farris’ memory of the historic march on Washington, which took place on Aug. 23, 1963.  The award was announced Jan. 26, 2009, during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Jan. 23 - 28.

Established with the support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Carnegie Medal honors an outstanding American video production for children released during the previous year.  The award is administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the ALA.

Christine King Farris describes her brother Martin’s preparation for and delivery of the monumental “I Have a Dream” speech in the greater context of the historic 1963 March on Washington.

Through the intertwining of archival photographs, music and sound with London Ladd’s art from the book, viewers become a part of the important event. Farris’ words are beautifully interpreted in Lynn Whitfield’s powerful narration. Michael Bacon’s score dramatically weaves together original music with the freedom songs heard that day.

Carnegie Medal Committee Chair Margaret Tice said, “This inspiring film brings the hope and possibility of that day in 1963 to the children of 2009 and reflects their own dreams for the future.”

Members of the 2009 Carnegie Medal Committee are: Chair Margaret Tice, The New York Public Library; Nancy Baumann, Indian Paintbrush Elementary School, Laramie, Wyo.; Catherine Beyers, Southern Bluffs Elementary School, LaCrosse, Wis..; Sherry Eskin, Honan-Allston Branch of the Boston Public Library, Boston, Mass.; Carol Goldman, Queens Library, Jamaica, N.Y.; Maeve Visser Knoth, San Mateo County Library, San Mateo, Calif.; Charlene McKenzie, Rondo Community Outreach Library-St. Paul Public Library; Saint Paul, Minn.; Linda T. Parsons, The Ohio State University, Marion, Ohio; and Bina Williams, Bridgeport  Public Library, Bridgeport, Conn.

ALSC is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children.  With a network of more than 4,200 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries.  To learn more about ALSC, visit their Web site at

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