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Statement on the Passing of Julian Bond

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“On behalf of The March on Washington Film Festival, I want to extend my condolences to the family of Julian Bond. Our nation has lost a true hero, a brilliant organizer, and a tireless champion of civil rights. At each stage of his life, Mr. Bond acted with boldness and courage; as one of the original leaders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and then the Southern Poverty Law Center, as a Georgia legislator for 20 years, as chairman of the NAACP, and as an advocate for same-sex marriage. He was among the most joyful and engaged participants on the opening night of our film festival this year, at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church in Washington, D.C. We are saddened at his passing, and we are determined to uphold his legacy and continue his work,” said Robert Raben, founder of The March on Washington Film Festival and president of The Raben Group.

Film Festival and National History Day Establish Strategic Partnership

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Festival sponsors awards for middle and high school students who participate in national competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Thursday, March 19th, the March on Washington Film Festival and National History Day announce their strategic partnership in educating students about African-American history and culture. This unique collaboration will include a competition and prize sponsored by the March on Washington Film Festival, an organization dedicated to increasing awareness of the events of the Civil Rights Era, and all of its heroes and heroines. The Festival’s goal is to inspire a renewed passion for activism by changing the way this era is taught in our nation’s schools. Both organizations share a mission to increase awareness of historic events to inspire a passion for education in young people.

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

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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.

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