From Emmett Till’s death to President Obama’s acceptance of the Democratic presidential nomination, August 28 throughout the years has been a significant date in African-American history.
For the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, DC, Academy Award nominee-director Ava Duvernay debuted August 28: A Day In The Life Of A People, a commissioned 22-minute film that examines significant moments in African-American history that occurred on this date. It stars Don Cheadle, Regina King, Angela Bassett, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, Michael Ealy, Andre Holland and Glynn Turman.
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) December 31, 2016
DuVernay tells Gayle King why she decided to create the film around the historical date.
“On August 28, a lot of really, truly amazing things happened in African-American history,” DuVernay tells King in the video below. “They all fell on this date in different years.”
The 22-minute film, which is titled “August 28th,” debuted at the Smithsonian museum on Saturday and chronicles some of the key events that happened on that date.
On Twitter she says, “I was invited to make a film for
@NMAAHC. I chose to chronicle “August 28″ as a day in the life of my people.”
DuVerany also speaks on and posted these facts:
On Aug. 28, 2008: Senator Barack stuns the world and accepts the Democratic nomination for President of The United States of America.
On August 28, 2005: Hurricane Katrina makes landfall and the government response reveals massive inequities and environmental injustice.
On Aug. 28, 1963: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech, bending the arc a little further towards justice.
On Aug. 28, 1955: Emmett Till, 14, is brutally murdered by three white KKK members, becoming the flashpoint in the civil rights movement.
On Aug 28, 1833, slavery is abolished in the UK, contributing to the American abolition of slavery. This date opens our film “August 28.”
On Aug. 28, 1961, Motown released its first hit, “Please Mr. Postman” by the Marvellettes. Motown would go on to transform American culture.
About Ava Duvernay:
Nominated for the Academy Award and winner of a Peabody Award as well as the BAFTA for Best Documentary, Ava DuVernay’s 13TH is one of the most critically-acclaimed films of 2016. In 2014, DuVernay directed the historical drama SELMA, which garnered four Golden Globe nominations and two Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Her current directorial work includes the award-winning dramatic television series QUEEN SUGAR; and the upcoming Disney feature film A WRINKLE IN TIME.
DuVernay made her directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed 2008 hip hop documentary, THIS IS THE LIFE and has directed several network documentaries, including VENUS VS for ESPN. She has directed significant short form work including AUGUST 28: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PEOPLE commissioned by The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture as well as acclaimed fashion and beauty films for Fashion Fair and Prada.
Prior to filmmaking, DuVernay worked as a marketer and publicist for 14 years. Her award-winning firm provided strategy and execution for more than 120 film and television campaigns for acclaimed directors such as Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Michael Mann and Bill Condon.
In 2017, DuVernay was named one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 Greatest World Leaders. A graduate of UCLA, DuVernay is the founder of ARRAY, a grassroots distribution and advocacy collective dedicated to the amplification of films by people of color and women which was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies.
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