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Ava DuVernay To Host ‘National Day of Racial Healing’ To Help Fight Inequality & Injustice

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Using her platform to urge bold conversations surrounding discrimination and injustice, Ava DuVernay will be hosting this year’s National Day of Racial Healing on Tuesday (Jan. 22) at 1 PM PT. This will be a live stream event, so it’s open to the public. If you are a person who cares to end racial, ethnic, and religious bias and build an equitable and just society, you should consider joining the conversation.

The ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ director will host the event through her distribution, arts, and advocacy collective ARRAY. Other participants include Stacey Abrams, Laverne Cox, and David Oyelowo.

“The responsibility of fighting inequality and injustice is all of ours,” DuVernay tells Deadline. “But it’s particularly important that those of us with certain visibility and influence use our platforms to urge bold conversations. We can never give up on pushing this nation to live up to its promise.”

Founded in 2016 through a collaborative effort of more than 550 U.S. leaders, the National Day of Racial Healing, which is a part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation effort, is an annual day to:

  • Reinforce and honor our common humanity, while celebrating the distinct differences that make our communities vibrant.
  • Acknowledge the deep racial divisions that exist in America and must be overcome and healed.
  • Commit to engaging people from all racial and ethnic groups in genuine efforts to increase understanding, communication, caring and respect for one another.

“There’s a lot of talking and tweeting these days,” DuVernay continued. “A lot of pontification about where we are as a country and how we arrived here. When Kellogg approached ARRAY about working together on furthering and deepening those conversations, I was all in.”

Again, this event will be live-streamed to the public on Tuesday (Jan. 22). To read more on the National Day of Racial Healing, click here.


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