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

Lisa Lee

Washington, DC June 1, 2014 — 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 united to present an inspiring and powerful summer film series at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. This summer will mark the Memorial’s third anniversary and both organizations look forward to celebrating through this free and public series which will include the movies DOCUMENTED, 42, and MANDELA.

“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 the 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:

Thursday, June 19: Documented (PG-13) (2013), Jose Vargas. Documented tells Vargas’ own story against the backdrop of Washington’s stalled immigration debate, highlighting the pain of family separation and the frustration of unrealized potential weighing on the estimated 11.7 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

Thursday, July 24: 42 (R) (2013), Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, and special commentary by Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. 42 is an American biographical sports film written and directed by Brian Helgeland about the racial integration of an American professional baseball player, Jackie Robinson, who wore jersey number 42 through his major league career.

Thursday, August 28: Mandela (R) (2013), Idris Elba and special commentary by Rev. Jesse Jackson and The Honorable Ebrahim Rasool (Ambassador to the United States from South Africa). Mandela is based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography. It chronicles his early life, coming of age, education, and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society.

Films begin at 8:00 pm at the Stone of Hope, seating begins at 7:00 pm. 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 at the Stone, contact James Simmons or Lisa Lee or