2015 February

Robert Raben in Huffington Post

In the Press

Festival founder Robert Raben writes in the Huffington Post about why February is Historical Accuracy Month, too.

Soon February will do double duty as Black History and Historical Accuracy Month. The snow brings with it flurries of concern about Brian Williams, American Sniper, and whether Selma got it right or wrong about President Lyndon Johnson. These arguments aren’t just about facts; they are about power — the crucial question of who decides what facts are — and how they are portrayed.

For now February is just Black History Month, created by Professor Carter G. Woodson as a way to bring focus on the lack of attention paid to African American history.

Read the full column here.

March on Washington Film Festival & the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Announce Strategic Partnership

Press Releases

The Film Festival Teams Up with ASALH, Creators of Black History Month, In Celebration of its Centennial Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, February 23rd, the March on Washington Film Festival and The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) announce their strategic partnership in the research and promotion of information about Black history and culture. This unique collaboration will include sharing academic resources from scholars and universities from around the country, and creating artistic venues and multimedia platforms to disseminate information about Black history with the public. Both organizations share a mission to increase awareness of the events and unsung heroes of African American history in the United States, and to inspire a renewed passion for activism.

“We are incredibly honored to partner with ASALH in their centennial year. Their dedication and enthusiasm for original research and teaching of African American history for the last century has been unparalleled,” said Robert Raben, founder of The Raben Group and the March on Washington Film Festival. “This new partnership ensures that The March on Washington Film Festival has the rich scholarship, content and creativity it relies on to present an accurate and complete understanding of the Civil Rights Era, and its unsung heroes.”

“The Association is thrilled to partner with the March on Washington Film Festival and look forward to a rewarding relationship for many years to come,” said Daryl Scott, national president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). “As we prepare to commemorate our centennial anniversary, I can think of no better partner to celebrate this historic milestone. These are serious times for serious people to embrace history, learn from it, and grow to better appreciate and understand the contributions of African Americans who built this country, and preserve it for current and coming generations. Let us march together going forward on behalf of African American life and history.”

Upcoming events for the two organizations include: ASALH’s 89th Annual Black History Luncheon & Authors Event, “A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture” in Washington, D.C. on February 28, 2015; the March on Washington Film Festival, July 17 – 25, 2015 in Washington, D.C.; and ASLAH’s Centennial Annual Meeting and Conference, September 23-27, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Chronicle of Philanthropy on Selma Project

DC, In the Press

The Chronicle of Philanthropy covered the innovative efforts of #SelmaForStudents.

In Washington, D.C., the March on Washington Film Festival took up the cause. It seemed like a natural fit for the organization, now in its third year of presenting films and performances about the civil-rights era.

“The idea was so powerful,” said Robert Raben, festival founder and president of the Raben Group. “It underscores the hunger for this kind of storytelling and narrative.”

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