“Over the last year, historic milestones for democracy and justice have collided with a pandemic that forced us physically apart,” said Harry E. Johnson, CEO of the Memorial Foundation.
We are overjoyed that we can resume our film series at the Memorial this summer, so we can bring people together around movies that spark conversations about the principles that define Dr. King’s legacy.
“The Memorial Foundation’s Films at the Stone series is a wonderful example of the unique ability of movies to bring people together around shared experiences and the important issues facing society today,” said John Gibson, Vice President, External and Multicultural Affairs of the Motion Picture Association (MPA).
MPA is proud to sponsor this series every year, and we are honored to make these memorable evenings possible in celebration of Dr. King’s legacy and the Memorial built in his honor.
Free and open to the public, films will be screened on the lawn adjacent to the bookstore at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall. Guests are encouraged to arrive early and bring a blanket or low-profile lawn chair. Parking is limited and use of public transportation is encouraged.
“One Night in Miami…” is a fictional account of Cassius Clay’s (Eli Goree) defeat of heavy weight champion Sonny Liston at the Miami Convention Hall. Clay, soon to be called Muhammad Ali, memorializes the event with three friends: Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir); Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.); and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge). The film looks at the struggles these four icons of sports, music, and activism faced and the vital role they each played in the civil rights movement and cultural upheaval of the 1960s.
Walt Disney Studios classic, “The Princess and the Frog,” gives a Jazz Age-era New Orleans twist on a classic tale. It features a beautiful girl named Tiana, a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.
Starring the late Chadwick Boseman, Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, takes his rightful place as King of Wakanda. In 2018, this award-winning film became the first superhero movie to be nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.
* Before the showing of Blank Panther, the KanKouran West African Dance Company will present a pre-show dance and drum performance.
To learn more about the Films at the Stone 10th Anniversary Summer Film Series, please visit the Films at the Stone page.