The March on Washington Film Festival is a festival that celebrates everyday activism and sheds light on heroes from the Civil Rights Movement. The festival ends this weekend, but there are still plenty of events to check out throughout Washington, DC.
- Civil Rights and Comedy: The Unforgettable Dick Gregory
Before Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle, there was Dick Gregory. The comedian, activist, and author broke ground by becoming the first black stand-up comic to perform in major white nightclubs. Gregory used his platform to support the fight for civil rights, ran for President in a write-in campaign in 1968, and devoted decades to promoting health and wellness.
- Civil Rights and the Last Years of Martin Luther King
Join us for HBO's King in the Wilderness on July 21st. The film follows Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s leadership during the bus boycotts, sit-ins, and historic marches, which are now the stuff of legend. But left out of the history books is much of what happened during the last three years of King's life.
- Closing Night: Fair Housing Act – 50 Years On
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, this event chronicles an epic American battle for civil rights. The film follows three families in Yonkers, New York in the 1980s in the middle of a heated confrontation about the politics and law of racial discrimination. It shows how public policies and a hostile political machine isolated poor people of color in segregated neighborhoods that were served by failing schools. Our panel will also discuss the ongoing barriers to equal housing and their continued effect on social justice today.