“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.
I missed the civil rights movement, but at the third March on Washington Film Festival, I was transfixed.
That decades old history is so much a part of our present.
Those 20th century moments are sending shout-outs to this one: Here’s how it was, here are our stories — don’t they sound familiar — and Lord, it’s good to see you.
Of course, that last part is just the old movement folks in the audience having their little reunions during the festival, which ends Saturday. FULL STORY
Occurring from July 15-25, 2015, the March on Washington Film Festival enters its third year. Originated in Washington D.C. on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the march itself, it now exists with the express goal of maintaining a social and cultural link to the civil rights movement. Now, three years later the festival’s goals — much like the civil rights movement’s goals — encompass everything from creating positive spaces to discussing troubling issues surrounding race and racism to improving the presentation of the movement as an educational tool.
Brightest Young Things had the opportunity to speak with Beth Lynk, a Senior Associate at The Raben Group and an Associate Producer at the March on Washington Film Festival. With a compassionate eye aimed at awareness, education and preservation of the movement’s legacy, she does well in addressing the importance of the festival. FULL STORY
Not all heroes of the civil rights movement became household names. Consider Harry T. Moore.
On Christmas night in 1951, a bomb ripped through Moore’s house, killing him and his wife. Moore, the president of the NAACP in Florida, was helping defend three young black people accused of raping a white woman. No one was ever indicted in Moore’s death, and though the incident is considered by some as the start of the civil rights movement, his name doesn’t carry the same recognition today as leading movement figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks.
“Moore’s name is kind of forgotten as a martyr of the civil rights movement,” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gilbert King told a packed house at the third annual March on Washington Film Festival. FULL STORY
“Mention Fannie Lou Hamer in many of the nation’s classrooms, or in some offices on Capitol Hill, for that matter, and chances are the civil rights icon’s name might garner more blank stares than recognition.
“Hamer, a Mississippi sharecropper with a sixth-grade education who became a voting rights advocate at a time when registering meant risking your life, was the focus of Wednesday’s opening night of the March on Washington Film Festival. The festival runs through July 25 and is free, but the required reserve tickets have been in high demand.” FULL STORY
“The 1960s, a pivotal decade for the progress of African-Americans will be remembered, discussed and celebrated through independent lens focusing on the storied events and often overlooked individuals of the civil rights movement.
“The March on Washington Film Festival kicked off Wednesday with a screening of ‘This Little Light of Mine: Fannie Lou Hamer,’ at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church in Northwest.” FULL STORY