“The Civil Rights Movement occurred pre-feminism, but it is time we celebrated the extraordinary women who were central to the movement,” Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton said. “None were more courageous than Fannie Lou Hamer, and I have yet to see her equal in rallying a crowd to move forward in the face of danger. The March on Washington Film Festival has shown it recognizes the importance of Ms. Hamer’s contributions by making this film of her life the first film to be screened at the festival.” LINK
“As part of the March on Washington Film Festival, visitors can view a screening of “Ruby Bridges,” a film about the 6-year-old girl who was one of the first African American children to attend an integrated school in the south in 1960.” LINK
“The March on Washington Film Festival starts next week, but you won’t find Rosa Parks or Martin Luther King Jr. among the usual cast of characters.
“Organizers of the festival, which is now in it’s third year, have dug up the true stories of civil-rights heroes whom most Americans never learn about in history class.” FULL STORY
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.”
I went Friday morning to see “Selma” and found myself watching it in a theater full of black teenagers.
Thanks to donations, D.C. public school kids got free tickets to the first Hollywood movie about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday weekend — an effort that was duplicated for students around the country.