The Memorial Foundation, Inc., Northrop Grumman and the Motion Picture Association of America host film series at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall

WASHINGTON, DC – The Memorial Foundation, Inc., the foundation responsible for building the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall, Northrop Grumman and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have united to present an inspiring and powerful summer film series at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. This summer will mark the Memorial’s fourth anniversary, and both organizations look forward to celebrating through this free and public series which will include the movies Black or White, Annie, and Selma.

“We are thrilled to again present The Films at the Stone. This has become an event that residents in the DC metro area look forward to attending during a summer evening 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.

Each of the films in the summer series reflect the human spirit living out the tenets of democracy, justice, hope and love during difficult situations, and is particularly relevant 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.”


What’s Playing:


Black or White

Thursday, June 18:  The story of a grandfather (Academy Award (R) winner Kevin Costner), who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. The paternal grandmother (Academy Award (R) winner Octavia Spencer) seeks custody with the help of her brother (Anthony Mackie), the little girl is suddenly torn between the two families who love her deeply. With the best intention at heart, both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon forced to confront their true feelings about race, forgiveness, and understanding.



Thursday, July 16: A foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinky-veiled campaign move and takes her in.



Thursday, August 27: Selma is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition.

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.


For more information on Films in the Stone, contact James Simmons or Lisa Lee or visit


About The Memorial Foundation, Inc.

The Memorial Foundation, Inc. was launched on the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, August 28, 2012. The Memorial Foundation exists to promote awareness of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial located in Washington, DC and its tenets of democracy, justice, hope, and love as well as to support the general upkeep of the Memorial in future years. Additional information regarding The Memorial Foundation, Inc. can be found at