Sep
22
2:00 PM14:00

AMAZING GRACE: THE POWER OF ARETHA FRANKLIN

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Venue:  Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, (Charles A. Perry Auditorium)

Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Film: Amazing Grace | 2018| Neon | Dir. Sidney Pollack, Alan Elliott | 1hr 29 minutes

In 1972, Aretha Franklin filmed a live gospel concert at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in LA, with Rev. James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir.   Amazing Grace, the album, sold over two million copies and won a Grammy Award for Franklin.  But the film languished, unfinished, until 2018. 

Our screening of the film documenting that ground breaking performance will be followed by a panel of scholars discussing the career of the Queen of Soul, the spiritual and cultural power of gospel music and its role in the liberation struggle of a people. 

Panelists:

Farah Jasmine Griffin, Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies, Columbia University 

Daphne Brooks, Professor of African American Studies, Theater Studies, American Studies, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality, Yale University

Nolan Williams, Jr., Musicologist, theologian, composer, producer and CEO, NEWorks Productions

Moderator: Rev. Canon Kelly Brown Douglas, Canon Theologian, Washington National Cathedral and Dean of Episcopal Divinity School, Union Theological Seminary

In partnership with the Washington National Cathedral

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Sep
23
7:00 PM19:00

SISTERS THAT SWING!

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Venue: Eaton DC Screening Room, 1201 K St. NW

Time: 7:00 PM

This program of rare, vintage short films features the early music videos of such stellar women artists as Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday, Hazel Scott, Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Lena Horne and more, whose careers broke barriers in entertainment and racial justice. 

Presenter: Stuart Hudgins, artist and film archivist, Blue Graphics Interactive

Moderator: Imani M. Cheers, Associate Professor, Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University, and author, The Evolution of Black Women in Television: Mammies, Matriarch and Mistresses   

In partnership with Eaton DC

*Free events are often overbooked. MOWFF does not guarantee admission, as seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. We recommend arriving 20 minutes early*

  

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Sep
24
8:00 AM08:00

VIVIAN MALONE COURAGE AWARD: The Honorable Lucy McBath

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Venue: Google, 25 Massachusetts Ave., NW

Time: 8:00 AM breakfast and award ceremony

The late Vivian Malone was the first African American student to graduate from the University of Alabama.  She and James Hood famously defied Governor George Wallace, who “stood in the school house door” to block them from enrolling at the all-white university.  

In honor of her powerful and brave stance, this namesake award will be bestowed to Representative Lucy McBath, (D-GA, 6th District) for her steadfast gun control advocacy and election victory after the tragic death of her son.  

Presenter: Sharon Malone, M.D., sister of Vivian Malone

Moderator: Michele Norris-Johnson, broadcast journalist and founder, The Race Card Project

In partnership with Google


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Sep
24
to Sep 28

BLACK ART IN AMERICA EXHIBITS

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Venue: Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University, 805 21 St. NW

Time: 1:00 PM - 10:00 PM

As this year’s March on Washington Film Festival celebrates contributions of black women to the Civil Rights Movement—this exhibition of legacy and contemporary black women artists explores the stories, and perspectives of black women, as told through art. As this group show highlights a rage of narrative, and figurative works that delve into the lived experiences, observations, and aspirations of black women artists through time. With works in the show spanning a period of 40 years, this exhibit is intended to give the viewer a glimpse into how black women artists have grappled with questions of history, social ills, and their individual strivings. Featuring works from legacy artists Elizabeth Catlett, and Samella Lewis, in conversation with contemporary women artists like Joyce Owens, Lavett Ballard, Evita Tezeno and Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier, among others—bearing witness to these artists varied approaches to self articulation, and social concerns.

Presented by Black Art In America and curated by Faron Manuel

Exhibits will be placed in the lobby of the Jack Morton Auditorium at George Washington University

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Sep
24
4:00 PM16:00

THE REMIX: ARE YOU DOWN?

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Venue: Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University, 805 21 St. NW

Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Film: The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion | 2019 |Tribeca Studios | Dir. Lisa Cortes, Farah Khalid | 1hr 7min

As hip hop music was taking off in the late 80s and 90s, associated fashion trends and styles were also emerging, largely dominated by men.  But as the voices of Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliot, and Lil’ Kim grew louder, so too did the influence of pioneering female stylists and designers, Misa Hylton and April Walker.  These couture creatives shaped the clothing culture in music videos, magazine shoots, commercials, runways and street corners around the world. 

Panelists:  

April Walker, fashion designer, and Misa Hylton, american fashion designer and stylist

Moderator: [TBA]

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Sep
24
7:00 PM19:00

SHE LIED: CAROLYN BRYANT AND THE MURDER OF EMMETT TILL

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Venue: Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University, 805 21 St. NW 

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM 

When Carolyn Bryant Dunham admitted to historian Timothy Tyson that she fabricated the story that incited her husband and brother-in-law to kidnap and kill 14-year old Emmet Till in Mississippi in 1955, few were surprised.  Although the two men were acquitted by an all-white jury, Till’s death served as a major catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement and his story resonates to the present day. 

 Questions remain:   What are the historical roots of white supremacist thinking in the false accusations of black men by white women?   How has it been developed over the past centuries to the “Beckys” of the present? What could/should we have to say about Carolyn Bryant today?    

We address these questions through scholarly presentations covering three chronological perspectives. 

Presenters:

Stephanie Jones-Rogers, Associate Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley, and author of They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South

Elizabeth Gillespie  McRae, Associate Professor of History, Western Carolina University, and author of Mothers of Mass Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy 

Dr. Catherine Clinton, Professor of American History, University of Texas at San Antonio; author/editor of 25 books. 

Moderator:  Tina Tchen, attorney, Buckley Sander LLP, former Assistant to President Barack Obama, Executive Director, White House Council  on Women, and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama.

Performer:  Isryel “Tales” Jules, dancer and actor

In partnership with George Washington University



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Sep
25
to Sep 26

TRAVELING WHILE BLACK- A VIRTUAL REALITY ACTIVATION

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Venue: George Washington University, Jack Morton Auditorium (2nd Floor)

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM on both September 25 and 26, 2019

Film: Traveling While Black |2019|Times Video | Dir. Roger Ross Williams | 20min

This VR film immerses global audiences in the American struggle for freedom of movement and the complicated legacy of The Green Book. Through individual headsets, viewers explore how African Americans navigated harrowing landscapes, from the pre-Civil Rights era through to the challenges minority travelers face today.

Screenings will take place continuously for up to seven persons at a time. Reserve your time slot on the festival website.

In partnership with Oculus VR


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Sep
25
4:00 PM16:00

SHIRLEY CHISHOLM AND THE ROAD TO THE PRESIDENCY

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Venue: NYU Washington DC, 1307 L St. NW

Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Film: Chisholm ’72 - Unbought & Unbossed | 2004 |20th Century Fox | Dir. Shola Lynch | 1hr 16 min 

The nation's first African-American congresswoman, the passionate Shirley Chisholm launched her run for the United States presidency in  the 1972 election, winning an impressive amount of support, given the era and the prevailing prejudices of many voters. The film takes a close look at her campaign, providing interviews with Chisholm and the dedicated individuals who worked on her groundbreaking campaign.  The screening is followed by an analysis of her impact as a role model on today’s political climate. 

 Presenter: Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO, National Women’s Law Center 

In partnership with NYU DC


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Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Contested Congressional Election of Annie Devine, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Victoria Gray

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Venue:  Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University, 805 21 St. NW 

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Reception: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

In 1964, three Civil Rights activists – Annie Devine, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Victoria Jackson Gray – were among the founders of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, organized to challenge the established power of the state’s Democratic Party. Participation was only allowed for whites, when African-Americans made up 40% of the state population.   

In the face of unrelenting violence and economic oppression, the three women ran on the primary ballot as congressional candidates on the MFDM ticket against the main Democratic Party candidates. They later contested the election of the Democratic Party candidates and in 1965 were called to Congress to give depositions which were transcribed for the Congressional Record.

To illuminate this untold story, MOWFF and NEWorks Productions proudly present a workshop of this new American musical (in development).

Devine Hamer Gray

Composed and directed by Nolan Williams, Jr.

Cast

FANNIE LOU HAMER Anitra McKinney 

ANNIE DEVINE Nova Payton 

VICTORIA JACKSON GRAY Monique Steele Griffiths 

WILLIAM FITTS RYAN / MR. CLERK Mark Sullivan

NARRATOR 1 Dawn Johnson 

NARRATOR 2  Ebony Jo-Ann 

NARRATOR 3  Wyn Delano 

ENSEMBLE JeVonni King, Patrick McLaughlin, Charles Miller,  Kaeli Patchen, Daniel Smith, and Kimberly Thevenin


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Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

RADICAL MONARCHS- A SPECIAL EVENT FOR COMMUNITY YOUTH ADVOCATES

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Venue: Eaton DC Screening Room, 1201 K St. NW 

Time: 6:30 PM reception, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM screening and discussion

Film: We Are The Radical Monarchs | 2019 | Ladylike Films | Dir. Linda Goldstein Knowlton | 95min

Set in Oakland, a city with a deep history of activist movements, the film documents the formation of The Radical Monarchs - an alternative to the Scout movement for girls of color, aged 8-13. Its members earn badges for completing units on areas of social justice.  The group, started by Anayvette Martinez and Marilyn Hollinquest, is anchored in the belief that adolescent girls of color need dedicated spaces and that the foundation for innovative social justice work must be rooted in fierce inter-dependent sisterhood, self-love, and hope.

Speakers:

Anayvette Martinez, co-founder, The Radical Monarchs

Lupita Martinez, graduate, The Radical Monarchs

Linda Goldstein Knowlton, filmmaker

Moderator: LeVar Jones, Minister of Youth and Young Adults, New Macedonia Baptist Church; former Teen Services Director, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington.

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Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

DOLORES

Venue: George Washington University, Jack Morton Auditorium

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Film: Dolores | 2017 | PBS | Dir. Peter Bratt | 1hr 35 min

One of the most important, yet least known activists of our time, Dolores Huerta was an equal partner in founding the first farm workers union with Cesar Chavez.  Tirelessly leading the fight for racial and labor justice, Huerta evolved into one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century - and she continues the fight to this day, in her late 80s.

With unprecedented access to this intensely private mother of 11, Peter Bratt's film, Dolores chronicles Huerta’s life from her childhood in Stockton, California, her early years with the headline-making grape boycott launched in 1965, and her role in the feminist movement of the '70s, to her continued work as a fearless activist

Panelists: [TBA]

Presenter: Paulina Helm-Hernandez, Program officer, US Southeast, Foundation for a Just Society, former co-director of Southerners on New Ground

Remarks: Estuardo Rodriguez, President and CEO, Friends of the American Latino Museum

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Sep
26
10:00 PM22:00

#MARCHONCAFE

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Venue: Eaton DC, Wild Days Rooftop Bar, 1201 K Street NW

Time: 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

As the official hotel partner of the March on Washington Film Festival 2019, Eaton DC will host a three-night series of comedy, music, and, spoken word/beat box. Tonight’s performer’s are Shep Kelly, Amina Imani, and headliner, Franqi French.

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Sep
27
4:00 PM16:00

HALE COUNTY, THIS MORNING-THIS EVENING

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Venue: Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University, 805 21 St. NW

Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Film: Hale County This Morning, This Evening | 2018 |Cinema Guild | Dir. RaMell Ross | 1hr 16min

Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments of people in a community, this film is constructed in a form that allows the viewer an emotive impression of the Historic South - trumpeting the beauty of life and consequences of the social construction of race, while simultaneously a testament to dreaming.

Master Talk: RaMell Ross, visual artist and filmmaker

Moderator: Opal H. Bennett, Program Manager, MOWFF Emerging and Student Filmmaker Competition

Speaking remarks: Steve Bumbaugh, Senior Vice President, College Board

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Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

ALTHEA- TENNIS PIONEER

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Venue: Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University, 805 21 St. NW

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Film: Althea | 2015 | PBS | Dir. Rex Miller | 1hr 23min

Althea Gibson’s life and achievements transcend sports. A truant from the rough streets of Harlem, Althea emerged as a most unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world in the 1950s. Her roots as a sharecropper’s daughter, her family’s migration north to Harlem in the 1930s, mentoring from Sugar Ray Robinson, David Dinkins, and others, and fame that thrust her unwillingly into the glare of the early Civil Rights movement, all bring her story into a much broader realm of the American story.

Panelists:  

Leslie Allen, former professional tennis player

Bob Davis, CEO, Black Tennis Hall of Fame

Rex Miller, film director

Moderator:

Ava Wallace, sports reporter, The Washington Post

Introductory Remarks by: Glenn Gilliam, Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships at “Althea” National Screening Tour and Educational Outreach


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Sep
27
10:00 PM22:00

#MARCHONCAFE

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Venue: Eaton DC, Wild Days Rooftop Bar, 1201 K Street NW

Time: 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

As the official hotel partner of the March on Washington Film Festival 2019, Eaton DC will host a three-night series of comedy, music, and, spoken word/beat box. Tonight’s performer is JAZ DUX.

JAZ DUX is a seasoned sound tracker and budding producer with NY & Atlanta roots currently based in Washington, DC.

Starting her career as an open format club dj, JAZ held residencies at local venues such as Marvin, Velvet Lounge & the Beacon Hotel. she has also hosted and curated events such as the monthly the culture & flavor art series, weekly flotus dc female DJ series, & quarterly somethin’ good lifestyle/music series.

Since transitioning into an event dj and known as the “sound tracker of the revolution,” JAZ DUX has sound tracked major events in some of the most legendary locations for some of the most innovative businesses & leaders. 

These gems include: the Legal Hackers Association, Starz Entertainment, America Votes, BET, Higher Heights for America, Women in Government, Emily’s List, the Ms.. Foundation for Women, Democracy in Color, Spelman College, Planned Parenthood Federation of America & the Democratic National Committee.

After heading to Europe this spring to start a new chapter in her artistry, JAZ  graduated from the London Sound Academy and officially began an international DJ career. This summer DUX further expanded her artistry in business by starting a new dream endeavor as a music supervisor with an advertising firm.


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Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

EMERGING AND STUDENT FILMMAKER COMPETITION

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Venue: Eaton DC, 1201 K St. NW

Time:

  • Student Filmmaker Shorts will be screened from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Emerging Filmmaker Shorts will be screened from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The March on Washington Film Festival strives to increase awareness of the events and heroes of the Civil Rights Era and inspire renewed passion for activism. The festival uses the power of film, music, and the arts to share these important stories.

This year the Festival is continuing its competition for Emerging and Student filmmakers to submit short-form content, both narrative and documentary, which focuses on civil rights movements, the civil rights era, and social justice issues. 

In partnership with Eaton DC

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Sep
28
1:00 PM13:00

THE ME I WANT TO SING: THE CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE OF MARIAN ANDERSON AND LEONTYNE PRICE

Venue: National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Sts. NW

Time: 1:00 PM & 1:30 PM Guided tours of the Marian Anderson exhibit; 2:00 PM talk and performance

This event features a performance of The Me I Want to Sing, by the playwright and musical director, Tom Minter.  The piece focuses on the lives and work of Leontyne Price and Marian Anderson as cultural and political icons, through spoken word narrative and their most famous arias and art songs.

The performance dovetails beautifully with the Gallery’s ’s exhibition One Life: Marian Anderson, organized by Associate Curator of Photographs, Leslie Ureña. The exhibition shifts the focus from Anderson’s 1939 performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to other facets of her life and career, arguing that these were as crucial to the struggle for civil rights as those thirty legendary minutes on a cold Easter Sunday in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Urena will lead two tours of the exhibit for our audience preceding the performance. 

The performance begins with an Opening Talk on the historic role of portraiture in general, and the use of the images of these two women as wielded by concert promoters, marketers and others in the pursuit of civil rights.   A Talk Back with the cast will follow the performance. 

Presenter: RaMell Ross, visual artist and filmmaker 

Cast:

Tonya Laree Simon and Christine Lyons, vocalists

Roderick Demmings, Jr., pianist  

Tom Minter, playwright and musical director

In partnership with the National Portrait Gallery and Washington National Opera

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Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

THE ADVOCATE FILM SCREENING AND PANEL DISCUSSION

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Venue:  Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University, 805 21 St. NW

Time: Reception: 6:00 PM; Screening : 7:00 PM

The new documentary takes a revealing look at the courageous life and committed work of Jewish-Israeli lawyer Lea Tsemel who has represented Palestinian political prisoners for nearly 50 years. 

Panelists:  

 Lea Tsemel, attorney and activist

 Rachel Leah Jones, filmmaker

Moderator:

Femi Oke, Senior Journalist and Host, The Stream, Al Jazeera English

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Sep
28
10:00 PM22:00

#MARCHONCAFE

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Venue: Eaton DC, Wild Days Rooftop Bar, 1201 K St NW

Time: 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM

As the official hotel partner of the March on Washington Film Festival 2019, Eaton DC will host a three-night series of comedy, music, spoken word/beat-box. Tonight’s performer is Butterscotch.

Butterscotch, the retro-futuristic, voice percussionist virtuosa, is a force to be reckoned with in today’s music scene. Butterscotch has rocked stages worldwide and leaves audiences clamoring for more. A powerful blend of Jazz, Soul, Hip Hop, and R&B, Butterscotch’s musical world is as unique as her genetic makeup. Born of mixed heritage (African American/Native American/Asian/German) and a proud LGBTQ team player and activist, Butterscotch’s physical beauty and musical elegance are testament to her power as an artist. Her music always contains a message to reach those who are in need of love and inspiration and addresses mental health because she suffered severely with depression in her youth and knows that music harnesses the power to save lives.

Butterscotch began her career in hip hop’s underground beatbox battle scene, ultimately being crowned the world’s first female beatbox champion in 2005. Soon thereafter, a breakthrough performance on America’s Got Talent introduced her to the world when she performed her version of the jazz standard My Funny Valentine — simultaneously singing, beatboxing and playing the piano. The exposure on national TV gained her thousands of fans and kickstarted a prolific career that continues to this day.

She has traveled the world and has performed at the most prestigious jazz festivals in Europe such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, Baloise Session, Leverkusener Jazztage, Ingolsadter Jazztage, as well as in Asia at the Hong Kong Jazz Festival, Jarasum Festival in Korea and Java Jazz Festival in Indonesia. Butterscotch has opened for Erykah Badu, Thievery Corporation, Tony Bennet, Talib Kweli, KRS-One and has performed alongside legends such as Earth, Wind & Fire, Sergio Mendes, Bobby McFerrin, Nile Rodgers, LA Philharmonic, and the WDR Big Band, to name a few. She has become a hit at many conferences, in the past couple years, including HATCH, EG Conference, C2 Montreal, Ciudade de las Ideas, HIVE and IDEACITY.  She has found her passion as a public speaker where she creatively mixes in elements of her unique art form and music.

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Sep
29
2:00 PM14:00

IN THE PARLOUR

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Venue: National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW 

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

March 1st 1913, on the eve of what was to become the most historic Womens’ Suffrage march in history, the African American activist Mary Church Terrell negotiates with white suffragette, Alice Paul, who has organized the march, but is unwilling to allow African-American women to participate. This one-act play takes place in the parlour of the home of Edna Brown, a Howard University scholar and sorority sister of Delta Sigma Theta who is making walking skirts for the event. The famous educator Nellie Quander, leader of a rival sorority has arranged this meeting between the two formidable opponents and as they do battle, we witness history being made.   

Cast:

Gabrielle Camille Archer

Montana Lampert Hoover

Celestine Rae

Messeret Stroman Wheeler as Mary Church Terrell

Written by Judy Tate, directed by Dianne Kirksey Floyd, produced by The American Slavery Project. 

Sponsored by the Brown-Sanchez Family 

In partnership with National Museum of Women in the Arts

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Sep
29
3:30 PM15:30

DAUGHTERS OF THE MOVEMENT

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Venue: National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW

Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

This sisterhood of black women will share memories of growing up watching their parents working and living as civil rights activists, artists, political strategists, religious leaders and funders of the Movement. 

Panelists:

Gina Belafonte, daughter of Julie and Harry Belafonte

Suzanne Kay, daughter of Diahann Carroll

Stacy Lynch, daughter of Bill Lynch

Hasna Muhammad, daughter of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee

Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz

Keisha Sutton-James, granddaughter of Percy Sutton

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