April 23, 2018
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.
Jessica Byrd is the Founder and Chief Doer of the Three Point squad. She founded Three Point Strategies in 2015 to provide a home for electoral strategy that centers racial justice and is transformational rather than transactional. Jessica has worked on campaigns in 43 states and you can find her at the side of the most exciting races to elect Black women in the country, training hundreds of leaders, and building tools to serve the Movement. In 2016, Jessica was named the January Woman to Watch by Essence Magazine, “12 New Faces of Black Leadership” by Time Magazine, and Rolling Stone named her one of the most influential millennials shaping the 2016 election."
Robin Hamilton is an Emmy-award winning journalist, television host, moderator and writer.
Robin has worked for network affiliates around the country, including Florida, New York, and Massachusetts. Currently based in Washington, DC, Robin is a correspondent for the local Tribune affiliate’s newsmagazine program NewsPlus, and has hosted DC50-TV’s award-winning Black History month series for the past 4 years.
Robin has also served as a Public Media Fellow, a program under the National Black Programming Consortium, which helps underserved communities adopt social media tools.
She received two Master’s degrees, one from New York University, with a concentration in broadcast journalism, and a second in public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, with a focus on policy and media.
This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer marks her directorial debut.
Jackie Payne is the Executive Director at GALvenize. Jackie began her career in post-apartheid South Africa, working on issues related to gender equality, women’s health, and economic empowerment. In 1997, Jackie became staff attorney at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, covering a range of matters, including domestic and sexual violence, public benefits, housing, and consumer protection. Jackie then joined the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund in Washington, D.C., where she led a national coalition of community-based organizations dedicated to addressing the gendered-roots of poverty in America. Jackie also chaired the national coalition to end domestic and sexual violence and helped lead the successful campaign to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. During this time, Jackie also served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, teaching Gender, Equality, and the Law.
In 2003, Jackie was recruited by Planned Parenthood Federation of America to run its 50-state advocacy program. In this role, Jackie set the Federation’s state policy agenda and enhanced the capacity of the 100-plus affiliates to engage in effective advocacy. In 2006, Jackie was promoted to Director of Government Relations, taking over responsibility for the entirety of the Federation’s state, federal, and international policy work. She left the Federation in 2009 to undertake this initiative for the NoVo Foundation.
Jackie received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School. She is a trustee of the Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation and serves on the board of the Women’s Funding Alliance.
Director, Producer, Writer:
Bob Kanner, Stefanie Dworkin
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."