March on Washington Film Festival filled with an array of activities

March on Washington Film Festival enters 5th yearThe March on Washington Film Festival will run July 13-22 and features a wide array of events and film screenings related to the Civil Rights Movement. This is the festival’s fifth year.

The seeks increases awareness of the events and heroes of the Civil Rights Era and inspires renewed passion for activism. The festival includes film, music, and the arts and shares these important stories.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the events taking place:

July 13 is opening night and is themed, “Let Freedom Ring”: A community concert featuring choirs from Mount Ennon Baptist Church, Reid Temple AME Church, and Grammy Award-winning Gospel  vocalist Karen Clark Sheard, narrated by Jamal Simmons.  6:30 p.m. Israel Baptist Church, 1251 Saratoga Ave. NE, Washington, DC.   Free with Reservation

The trailer of the documentary, “Sullivision: Ed Sullivan and the Struggle for Civil Rights,” which is now in production, and a panel discussion about the story of Ed Sullivan and his contribution to the civil rights movement. 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.  The screening and discussion will be on July 15th @ 3:00 PM at the US Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC

Ed Sullivan and Diahann Carroll

The Vivian Malone Courage Award, will be given to award-winning author, Ta-Nehisi Coates by Dr. Sharon Malone and Eric Holder. An interview will be conducted by Michele Norris-Johnson. The Student & Emerging Filmmaker Competition winners will also receive awards.  The award ceremony will take place on Saturday, July 15 @ 6:30 p.m. at Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

For a complete list of events and ticket information, click here.

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