Last film in 2017 series reflects on human spirit living out tenants of democracy, justice during tenuous situations
WASHINGTON, DC – 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) will conclude their fourth annual Sunset Summer Film Series at The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on Thursday, August 24 with a screening of the Academy Award nominated film “Hidden Figures,” starring Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monae.
“Hidden Figures” tells the 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.
“For the past four 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.”
“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.”
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.