Ava DuVernay Will Host 'Day Of Racial Healing' To Promote Dialogue

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The award-winning director is taking the lead in hosting this year's “National Day of Racial Healing.”
Paula Rogo Jan, 19, 2019

Ava Duvernay is hosting an event that will examine efforts to end discrimination and injustice, and include the support of big names like Stacey Abrams, Laverne Cox, and David Oyelowo.

The A Wrinkle In Time director is set to host the annual National Day of Racial Healing event on Tuesday through her ARRAY distribution and advocacy company, and in collaboration with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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“The responsibility of fighting inequality and injustice is all of ours,” she said in a statement to 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.”

Established by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in 2017, National Day of Racial Healing allows for a candid conversation on the subject, This year, Duvernay plans to use the opportunity to continue these conversations around racial equity, justice, and healing.

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“There’s a lot of talking and tweeting these days,” she added. “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.”

The event will take place Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 1 pm and will be live-streamed to the public.