Civil Rights Film Festival Opens This Week in D.C.

WASHINGTON — A civil rights film festival is hosting free screenings this week in Washington, following stops in Atlanta and New York City.

The March on Washington Film Festival marks its second year focusing on lesser-known stories of the Civil Rights movement. Each screening is followed by a panel discussion or musical performance.

Organizers say the festival’s highlights include a preview of the film “Freedom Summer” and screenings of “Sam Cooke: Legend” and “Nothing But a Man,” among other films. Screenings will be held at the Navy Memorial, NPR, the Capitol and other sites through July 29.

The festival began last year to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

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