Marching to Progress: Women in 2018 is presented by The March on Washington Film Festival, Raben_Impact, and the NYU Brademas Center. This event will commemorate the Women’s March and assess how we are moving women from marching to voting and further activism. Clips from Robin Hamilton's Fannie Lou Hamer film will be screened and a panel discussion with:
Jessica Byrd, Founder & Chief Doer, Three Point Strategies
Robin Hamilton, Owner & Filmmaker, Around Robin Production Company
Jackie Payne, Executive Director, GALvenize
This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer
In Ruleville, Mississippi in 1961, summers were scorching, cotton was still king, and African Americans were shackled to white intimidation, poverty and cruel injustice. Fannie Lou Hamer, a middle aged sharecropper living on a sprawling plantation, had known no other way.
But that all changed when anger, fate and an invitation to a voting registration meeting redirected the course of her destiny.
During this half hour documentary, we will follow the life of a bold, unlettered woman who challenged the white establishment, chastised the Black political elite and fought for so many like her who had little else to lose and everything to gain.Too often, women in the Civil Rights Movement have been relegated to footnotes in history. This film shines a bright light on a heroine who was a tireless soldier in the battle for equal rights.
The March on Washington Film Festival, a production of The Raben Group, increases awareness of the events and heroes of the Civil Rights Era and inspires a renewed passion for activism. The festival uses the power of film, music, and the arts to share these often untold, important stories."