Film Festival and National History Day Establish Strategic Partnership

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.

Competitors will submit an essay, short film, exhibit, performance or website on the subject of this year’s theme: “Leadership and Legacy in History.” The competition, which will start receiving submissions on March 19th, will give awards of $1,000 for the junior division and $1,000 for the senior division. Students may submit entries as individuals, or in groups of up to five, and entries with more than one participant will share the prize award. The prizes will be awarded on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at the University of Maryland, College Park.

This prize is awarded to individual or group entries in any category in both the junior and senior divisions which demonstrate an appreciation of the people and events of the Civil Rights Era in a revealing and/or original way.
The March on Washington Film Festival believes deeply in the power of ordinary people to impact change and alter the trajectory of their lives through small acts of extraordinary and often unknown courage. Both organizations trust the transforming power of the creative arts to touch minds and hearts, tell new stories, and spark change in society.

The winning juniors and seniors will be featured at The March on Washington Film Festival, which runs from July 15th through July 25th of this year in Washington, D.C.

National History Day (NHD) is a nonprofit education organization in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD offers year long academic programs that engage over half a million middle and high school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD also seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. NHD is sponsored in part by Kenneth E. Behring, Patricia Behring, HISTORY®, Jostens, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, Joe Weider Foundation, and the WEM 2000 Foundation of the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation. For more information about NHD, visit

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