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AP Previews the Festival

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“A film festival focused on increasing awareness of the events and heroes of the civil rights movement is under way in Washington.

“The March on Washington film festival opened Wednesday and runs through July 25. Screenings will be held at sites across the city, including at memorials, museums and the Capitol Visitor Center.” LINK

Clarion-Ledger Covers Fannie Lou Hamer Night

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The Clarion-Ledger, from Jackson, Miss., covered our opening night, featuring Mississippi hero Fannie Lou Hamer.

WASHINGTON – Civil rights activists, lawmakers and others gathered Wednesday night in a historic black church in Washington, D.C., to honor the work of the late Fannie Lou Hamer, a Mississippi native.

“She made it very plain for the people,” said Dorie Ladner, a Hattiesburg native who worked with Hamer. “We’re continuing to see what she’s contributed.”

The Wednesday night tribute to Hamer kicked off a week of events celebrating the civil rights movement, including a film on Louisiana’s Ruby Bridges this Saturday and an event next Tuesday honoring women involved in the movement. The events are part of the March on Washington Film Festival.

Robert Raben in Huffington Post

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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.

Chronicle of Philanthropy on Selma Project

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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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