The March on Washington Film Festival finds, encourages, and brings to life stories of both icons and foot soldiers from the Civil Rights Movement. We educate, inspire and motivate people to have a better understanding of our history.
It’s critical that these stories of everyday activism are captured before they are lost in the annals of history and that they are taught accurately to the next generation. When we educate and make people aware of our shared history, and teach that each person can have an impact on bending the moral arc of the universe towards justice, we realize how similar we are to one another, and we empower each other to build stronger and cohesive communities. We bridge the persistent divide between generations and different lived experiences, and create sustainable change as lessons are passed down to inspire tomorrow’s foot soldiers.
Our world, as beautiful as it can be, continues to need repair; each of us does our part, but it seems never enough. One necessary condition for healing is truth so that all of us operate from a shared and understood set of facts on how we got to where we are, and what needs to change.
The March on Washington Film festival, the product of so many creative and passionate minds and hearts, is a national platform for this conversation; to better tell our stories, to honor those who have paved the way, and to better understand how our story connects to our future.
Thank you for your participation.
Thank you for your story, your contribution, your criticism, and your encouragement.
- Robert Raben
History is the framing of facts to suit the purpose of the teller; in this country, particularly around our Civil Rights Movements, those facts are manipulated. Justice and equality require telling the truth. The March on Washington Film Festival exists to do this, especially about the foot soldiers and unsung heroes who make us free with their courage.