SAVE THE DATE! 2024 Fall Festival | October 6 - 13, 2024


The March on Washington Film Festival uses the power of the arts—film, performing, and visual—to find, encourage, and bring to life the stories of both icons and foot soldiers from the Civil Rights Movement. As a universal, year-round arts platform, we are dedicated to fostering a deeper appreciation of these pivotal stories.

Our Vision

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.

Founder's Note

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

Meet The Team

Robert Raben


Joanne Irby

Executive Director

Isisara Bey

Artistic Director

Opal Hope Bennett

Emerging & Student FIlmmaker Competition Director

Press releases

Episode Five: The Strategy of Nonviolence

We talk to Dr. Clarence Jones, who was a chief advisor to Martin Luther King, and Dr. Bernard Lafayette, who is a civil rights leader and scholar of Kingian nonviolence, […]

Episode Four: Rosa Parks’ Acts of Courage

We continue our conversation with Jeanne Theoharis, a scholar and author of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, about why Mrs. Parks stayed seated on December 1, 1955 and […]

Episode Three: The Rosa Parks You Didn’t Know

Did Rosa Parks unintentionally influence history? Hardly. We talked to Jeanne Theoharis, a scholar and author of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, to debunk the many myths about […]

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