Celebrated director Ava Duvernay is taking the day after MLK Day to host a safe space for people to engage in dialogue regarding racial healing. The Wrinkle In Time director has partnered with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation through her ARRAY Foundation to host the third annual event which will examine efforts to end injustice and inequality. Other famous figures in attendance will be Stacey Abrams, David Oyelowo and Laverne Cox.
In a statement to Deadline, Duvernay highlighted the importance of those with influence to use their platforms to bring about real change:
“The responsibility of fighting inequality and injustice is all of ours.”
“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.”
The event was initiated by the foundation in 2017 and this year Duvernay plans to use the event to host candid conversations about racism, division and healing.
“There’s a lot of talking and tweeting these days. 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 “National Day of Healing” will take place on January 22 and be live-streamed to the public.