July 6, 2017 at 7:15 am EDT | by Mariah Cooper
March on Washington film fest is July 13-22
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1963 March on Washington (Photo by the U.S. Information Agency Press and Publications Service courtesy of the U.S. National Archives at College Park)

The fifth annual March on Washington Film Festival runs July 13-22 and features a wide spate of events and film screenings related to the Civil Rights Movement.

A discussion of a 1964 incident at Rust College, Mississippi’s oldest HBCU (historically black college/university) will explore how the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission weaponized homophobia to stop campus voter registration drives. It will be moderated by Charles Francis of the Mattachine Society of Washington on Monday, July 17 at 3 p.m. at the African-American Civil War Museum (1925 Vermont Ave., N.W.). Tickets are $12 for this event.

Ticket prices vary based on event and festival passes are also available. Screening sites also vary. Details at marchonwashingtonfilmfestival.org.

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