Ava DuVernay to Lead 'National Day of Racial Healing' Following MLK Day, Speakers Include Stacey Abrams and More

Ava DuVernay speaks onstage during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 10th annual Governors Awards on November 18, 2018 in Hollywood, California.
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The third annual “National Day of Racial Healing” will be kicking off the day after MLK Day (observed), with Ava DuVernay taking the lead.

The award-winning director will be partnering up with W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) via her foundation for underrepresented storytellers, ARRAY Alliance. Established by WKKF in 2017, National Day of Racial Healing will include conversations and performances curated by DuVernay to build awareness and inspire dialogue around racial equity, justice, and healing.


Get into these details, via the official press release—

Filmmaker and ARRAY Founder Ava DuVernay
W.K. Kellogg Foundation President & CEO La June Montgomery Tabron
Actress and Philanthropist Eva Longoria
Filmmaker Judd Apatow
Former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams
Actress and Activist Laverne Cox
Author Jacqueline Woodson
Actress Storm Reid
Actor David Oyelowo
Music Icon Melissa Etheridge + more.

Tuesday, January 22nd, 1:00 p.m. PST / 4:00 p.m. EST


Conversations will include—

Race and Representation 

Writer, Director, and Producer Judd Apatow + Actress and Philanthropist Eva Longoria + Actor and Producer David Oyelowo + director Angela Robinson
Moderated by Dominic Patten


Identity and Inclusion 

Author Jacqueline Woodson + Actress and Activist Laverne Cox
Moderated by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now


Diversity and Democracy

2018 Democratic Nominee for Governor of Georgia Stacey Abrams + Filmmaker and ARRAY Founder Ava DuVernay


To livestream the event, head to dayofracialhealing.org and participate in the discussion using the #HowWeHeal hashtag on social media.

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