April 23, 2018

March on Washington Photo

Marching to Progress: Women in 2018 was presented by The March on Washington Film Festival, Raben_Impact, and the NYU Brademas Center. This event commemorated the Women’s March and assessed how society is moving women from marching to voting, and to furthering activism. Clips from Robin Hamilton's Fannie Lou Hamer film were screened and there was a panel discussion with Jackie Payne, Robin Hamilton, and Jessica Byrd.  

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Jessica Byrd

Jessica Byrd

Robin Hamilton

Robin Hamilton

Jackie Payne

Jackie Payne

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Director, Producer, Writer:
Robin Hamilton

Editors:
Bob Kanner, Stefanie Dworkin

Cinematographer:
Jeff Tanner

27 min.
2015, USA 

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.


Raben_Impact is a platform from which movements for social justice are studied, taught, and strengthened. They aim to offer programs with movement leaders, workshops with experts who have grown and organized movements, and convenings to learn and strategize about where particular movements should go next.

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."