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Let Freedom Sing - Opening Night Celebration

Opening Night Special Event | A community concert featuring choirs from Mount Ennon Baptist Church, Reid Temple AME Church, and special guest vocalist Karen Clark Sheard, narrated by Jamal Simmons, The Raben Group & The Beat. Music produced by Nolan Williams Jr., NEWorks Productions. Master of Ceremonies: Leon Harris, News Anchor, NBC4 Opening Night is sponsored by Nationwide.
Thu, Jul 13, 2017 6:30 PM
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Civil Rights, Crops, Culture & Cuisine, Part 1

Join us as a volunteer at one of the Joyful Food Markets bringing fresh fruit, seasonal vegetables, healthy pantry staples and cooking demos for FREE to communities east of the Anacostia River. Must be 12 years and older. To sign up, email volunteers@marchonwashingtonfilmfestival.org Tickets: Free with reservation
Fri, Jul 14, 2017 2:00 PM
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Civil Rights & Sports | Olympic Pride, American Prejudice

In 1936 when 18 African-American athletes participated in the Berlin Olympic Games, history forgot all except one. This is the story of the other 17. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Meredith Pollard Russell, the granddaughter of Fritz Pollard, Jr.; Deborah Riley Draper, Filmmaker; Sonja Robinson, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, NCAA; and Amy Tiemann, Executive Producer. The conversation will be moderated by Kevin Merida, Editor-in-Chief, ESPN’s The Undefeated.
Fri, Jul 14, 2017 6:30 PM
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Student & Emerging Filmmaker Competition Finalists' Entries

Join us for a screening of the 12 short films in the final round of the 2017 Student & Emerging Filmmaker Competition. Sponsored by PepsiCo and The Ford Foundation Details Saturday, July 15 | 10:00 a.m. Landmark E Street Cinema 555 11St. NW Tickets: Free with Reservation
Sat, Jul 15, 2017 10:00 AM
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Ed Sullivan in Black & White

A look at the ground-breaking African-American artists on the Ed Sullivan Show, with a preview clip from the upcoming documentary on his life. Panelists include actress/singer Diahann Carroll; filmmakers Margo Speciale and Suzanne Kay; and Smithsonian curator, Dr. Dwandalyn Reece. Moderated by radio producer/host Jacquie Gales Webb.
Sat, Jul 15, 2017 3:00 PM
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Awards Night

The Vivian Malone Courage Award, is bestowed on award-winning author, Ta-Nehisi Coates by Dr. Sharon Malone and the Hon. Eric Holder. Interviewer: Michele Norris-Johnson. Student & Emerging Filmmaker Competition winners will also receive awards.
Sat, Jul 15, 2017 6:30 PM
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The Gathering Place - Creating a Shared Religious Activism

This event brings together people of different faiths to galvanize meaningful exchanges and direct action on issues of racial justice. Join us for a conversation moderated by March on Washington?s own Robert Raben with Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism; Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, Washington National Cathedral, Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, Episcopal Diocese of Washington and Dr. Dennis Wiley, Pastor of Covenant Baptist. In partnership with the Washington National Cathedral, Black Church Center, and the Religious Action Center Details Sunday, July 16 | 1:00-2:45 p.m. Washington National Cathedral- the Nave 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW Tickets: Free with Reservation
Sun, Jul 16, 2017 1:00 PM
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Civil Rights and College Activism

TThey were called ?oddballs and homo outside agitators? by the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, weaponized homophobia designed to stop voter registration drives in 1964 on the Rust College campus. Instead, it galvanized the lifelong racial and LGBT activism of many of its students. Panelists include Mayor Bill Luckett, Clarksdale MS; Larry Rubin, SNCC Field Organizer; and Frank Smith, former DC City Council member and Founder/Executive Director of the African American Civil War Museum. The conversation will be moderated by Charles Francis, President, Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C. In partnership with the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C. Sponsored by Human Rights Campaign Foundation and The DCI Group
Mon, Jul 17, 2017 3:00 PM
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Civil Rights, Resistance, and the Power of the Purse | Signpost to Freedom

An evening to remember the Baton Rouge Bus Boycott of 1953. SIGNPOST TO FREEDOM tells the little-known story of the eight-day boycott of the bus system by the African-American citizens of Baton Rouge. The lessons learned during the boycott were later used by the organizers of the better-known Montgomery Bus Boycott as a guide for their activities. The program was named Best Historical Documentary by the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival and received an honorable mention from the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Awards. Following the film, we will have a conversation moderated by Vanita Gupta, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights with panelists including Anika Collier Navaroli, Color of Change; Debo Adegbile, WilmerHale; Christopher Tyson, Louisiana State University Law Center. Tickets: Free with Reservation
Mon, Jul 17, 2017 5:30 PM
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The Orangeburg Massacre | Scarred Justice

An evening to remember The Orangeburg Massacre, the deadly shooting of student protestors by Highway Patrol officers at South Carolina State University in 1968. SCARRED JUSTICE: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968 tells the story of South Carolina’s 1968 ‘Orangeburg Massacre,’ an incident often termed ‘the Kent State of the South.’ The film presents a chilling story about abuse of power during a period of tumultuous social upheaval, and the veil of secrecy that shrouds the event to this day. The film will be followed by a conversation with filmmaker/activist Judy Richardson; journalist and political commentator Eugene Robinson; author Jack Bass; photographer Cecil Williams, educator and veteran civil rights activist, Dr. Cleveland Sellers. This conversation will be moderated by Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner, FCC.
Mon, Jul 17, 2017 6:30 PM
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Readers, Writers & Books

1:30 p.m. Reading – Bestselling author, Kitty Kelley, will read from her latest book, Martin’s Dream Day, transporting readers to the March on Washington in 1963 and bringing that historic day vividly to life for a new generation. 2:00 p.m. Panel I – Comics and Graphic Novels in Social Justice. Panelists: Jonathan Gray, editor, Journal of Comics & Culture; Eric Battle, artist/illustrator; Bill Campbell, founder, Rosarium Publishing. Moderator: Ariell Johnson, owner, Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse. 3:30 p.m. Panel II – Poetry and Spoken Word in Social Justice. Panelists: Joseph Ross, poet and educator; Tere Fowler-Chapman, gender fluid poet, founder of Words of the Avenue. Moderator: E. Ethelbert Miller, activist poet and Chair, Institute for Policy Studies
Tue, Jul 18, 2017 2:00 PM
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Civil Rights & Entertainers | Paris Noir: African-American in the City of Light

An exciting look at the presence of African-American expatriate artists, musicians and writers in Paris, from WWI to the1960s. Film: Paris Noir - African Americans in the City of Light. Lecturer: Julia Browne, producer.
Tue, Jul 18, 2017 6:30 PM
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Civil Rights, Crops, Culture & Cuisine Part 2

A historical lecture and cooking demonstration of heirloom rice dishes from Africa, the Caribbean and the Low Country South. Lecturer: Glenn Roberts, Anson Mills with special guest Chef Michael W. Twitty.
Wed, Jul 19, 2017 12:30 PM
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Women of the Movement | Winnie

A screening of the new documentary, Winnie, on the life of Winnie Madikizela Mandela, followed by a Conversation With poet Elizabeth Alexander and Gay McDougall, UN Committee for Ending Racial Discrimination.
Wed, Jul 19, 2017 6:30 PM
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Civil Rights & Education | Raising Bertie

Raising Bertie is an award-winning, six-year portrait of three young African American men coming-of-age in North Carolina?s rural Bertie County. The film shines a spotlight on the unique challenges and opportunities facing rural youth of color. Following the film, we will have the Former Secretary of Education, and President and CEO of The Education Trust, John King, moderate a conversation with Vivian Saunders, Community Leader & Executive Director of the Hive; Davonte ?Dada? Harrell, film subject; Monique Miles, Director of the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund; and Margaret Byrne, director. Sponsored by Public Welfare Foundation Details Thursday, July 20 | 6:30 p.m. Public Welfare Foundation 1200 U Street NW
Thu, Jul 20, 2017 6:30 PM
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Project Awareness

In 1961, a group of Howard University students orchestrated a debate between two giants of political thought, Bayard Rustin and Malcolm X. This event will be a staged reading of that historic debate. The night will feature witnesses Rachelle Horowitz & Dion Diamond being interviewed by Chris Wilson, SNMAH. In partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Thu, Jul 20, 2017 6:30 PM
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Civil Rights & Entertainment | The Hip-Hop Fellow

Exploring the intersection of Hip Hop, social justice and the academic curricula in higher education through the work of producer 9th Wonder. Film: The Hip Hop Fellow. Panelists: 9th Wonder; Professor Paul Butler, Georgetown Law School; Benji Grinberg, CEO, Rostrum Records. Moderator: Simone Eccleston, Kennedy Center.
Fri, Jul 21, 2017 6:30 PM
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Civil Rights & Politics | Preview: Harris Wofford, Slightly Mad

Howard Law School's first white male graduate, Harris Wofford, is a seminal figure in the Civil Rights Movement, the Peace Corp, academia, and the U.S. Senate. Film: Harris Wofford, Slightly Mad. Panelists: Harris Wofford; Jacob Finkel, director.
Fri, Jul 21, 2017 6:30 PM
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Civil Rights & College Activism | Agents of Change

How fierce student protests at San Francisco State in '68 and Cornell in '69 led to the formation of Black and ethnic studies programs nationwide. Film: Agents of Change. Panel: Abby Ginzberg, filmmaker; Frank Dawson, filmmaker. Moderator: Judith Browne Dianis.
Sat, Jul 22, 2017 10:00 AM
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Closing Night Mayors' Celebration | Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race

A night celebrating the first wave of Black mayors in major US cities, starting with LA?s Tom Bradley, the subject of BRIDGING THE DIVIDE: TOM BRADLEY AND THE POLITICS OF RACE. The film tells the story of the Los Angeles Mayor?the nation's first African-American mayor elected in an overwhelmingly white city. Mayor for an unprecedented 20 years, Tom Bradley transformed the city of Los Angeles into a world-class metropolis and became a formidable force for change in American politics Following the film, we will hold a conversation with former mayor's Richard Hatcher, Gary, IN; Michael Nutter, Philadelphia, PA; Anthony Foxx, Charlotte, NC and Mayor Johnny Ford, Tuskegee, AL. This event will be hosted by former Mayor Ron Kirk, Dallas, TX. Music for the event is produced by Nolan Williams, NEWorks Productions.
Sat, Jul 22, 2017 7:00 PM
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