Rep. Norton on the Festival


“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

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.”

Maureen Dowd: Not Just A Movie

DC, In the Press

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.

Read the full column here.

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