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“Continue the Legacy” Wins OWOV Student PSA Challenge

Continue the Legacy, a GOTV PSA, was selected by the 2020 One Woman One Vote Festival for the student PSA challenge “Why She Votes.” Continue the Legacy highlights the next generation of women voters and suffragists who fought for women’s right to vote. Monique Brown and Brianna Rogers are the creative team behind the PSA. “So many women in the …

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“Selma” Inspires a Smithsonian Learning Lab

Photo – David Oyewolo and Ava DuVernay on the set of Selma. Photo credit: Atsushi Nishijima Ashleigh Coren is the Women’s History Content and Interpretation Curator at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery where she is assigned to “create, disseminate, and amplify the historical record of the accomplishments of American women” during the 19th centennial. When the 2020 OWOV Festival co-directors …

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AVA DuVERNAY Tribute Festival in March

Storytelling can do more than entertain. It can shift and shape culture, it can right wrongs, and it can lift us all to a place where we can be more determined in our own lives. Ava DuVernay For Immediate Release February 6, 2020 2020 ONE WOMAN ONE VOTE FESTIVAL AND THE JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER’S DIRECT CURRENT FESTIVAL PRESENT  AWARD-WINNING …

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“Amazing Grace” opens The REACH

The 2020 One Woman One Vote Festival paid tribute to the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin, with an outdoor screening of the performance documentary Amazing Grace, the first public film presentation for the John F. Kennedy Center’s The REACH opening festival in September 2019. The story of how the documentary finally emerged after 46 years is as amazing as the …

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TELLING THE SUFFRAGE STORY: One Woman’s Collection

BY BARBARA MATUSOW Entering Anne Lewis’s sunny apartment in Chevy Chase for the first time, you expect to find the place bulging with suffrage memorabilia.  That’s because Anne has one of the largest private collections– nearly 1300 items– in the country. What you’ll find, instead, is a handful of items in a small, glass-fronted cabinet:  cups and saucers, figurines, spoons, …

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Kelly Quinnett Wins Uta Hagen Drama Teacher Award

Uta says in “Respect for Acting,” We must overcome the notion that we must be regular. ‘Be like one of us. Don’t put on airs. Don’t get so fancy.’ It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary.” Kelly Quinnett The College of Fellows of the American Theatre Uta Hagen Award was presented at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre …

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“Best of Enemies” spotlights Ann Atwater

History books often neglect the impact of grassroots activists. But women like Ann Atwater are now getting the attention they deserve. April 1, the 2020 One Woman One Vote Festival and the National Archives Foundation presented a preview screening of the feature film The Best of Enemies starring Taraji P. Henson as Ann Atwater, and Sam Rockwell as C.P. Ellis. …

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Making the Invisible Visible: Women Leading Nonviolent Movements at USIP

In celebration of Women’s History Month 2020 One Woman One Vote Festival and U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) presented the symposium Women Leading Nonviolent Movements, featuring multigenerational perspectives by nonviolent change leaders and activists from Venezuela, Afghanistan, Uganda, Syria, and the United States. #WLNVM was trending in the top 5 on Twitter and featured footage from the series “Eyes on …