The Memorial Foundation, Inc and Motion Picture Association of America host film series at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall
The Memorial Foundation, Inc., the foundation responsible for building the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have again united to present an inspiring and powerful summer film series at The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. This summer will mark the fourth anniversary for the film series, and both organizations look forward to celebrating with this free and public series which will include the Academy Award nominated movies Fences, Moana and Hidden Figures.
“For the past 4 years residents in the DC metro area have looked forward to attending this film series during summer evenings as they reflect on what the MLK Memorial exemplifies in our everyday lives.” said Harry E. Johnson, Sr., President and CEO, The Memorial Foundation. “This film series is another example of how the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is a living, breathing beacon for the principles of democracy, justice, hope and love. It is always a pleasure seeing everyone visit the MLK Memorial and then enjoying the movie”.
Each of the films in the summer series reflects the human spirit living out the tenets of democracy, justice, hope and love during difficult situations, with particular relevance to issues of today.
“We are proud to partner with The Memorial Foundation for this important series,” said MPAA Chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd. “Dr. King’s legacy is among the most important for our country, and for our children, to remember and honor. The foundation is doing fantastic work in this regard, and the MPAA will continue to support their efforts moving forward.”
Thursday, June 22: Fences is the story of Troy Maxson, a mid-century Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of a baseball career, but was too old when the major leagues began admitting black players. He tries to be a good husband and father, but his lost dream of glory eats at him, and causes him to make a decision that threatens to tear his family apart.
Thursday, July 27: In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain’s daughter’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.
Thursday, August 24: The incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
Films begin at 8:00 p.m. at the Stone of Hope, seating begins at 7:00 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and food. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Admission is FREE; the first 100 people will receive a special gift.