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Ava Duvernay and Storm Reid Speak Out on the National Day of Racial Healing

January 22, 2019
January 22, 2019

“Love over hate. Love over indifference. Love over ignorance.”

January 22 is National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH). Just a day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the day is marked by events held accross the country.

This year, Ava Duvernay, the filmmaker breaking new ground for black representation in film, is speaking out on why healing matters so much. “Young people have always been a powerful driving force behind the advancement of civil and human rights in the U.S., and still are,” Duvernay tells Teen Vogue. “I’m consistently amazed and inspired by the bold actions today’s youth are taking to radically transform our nation’s policies, and shape a more just and equitable future for all of us.”

Actress Storm Reid is teaming up Duvernay for a Netflix miniseries about the Central Park Five, a case of racialized harm so recent that even our current president weighed in on it as it was happening. Reid tells Teen Vogue, “To heal racially, we have to love, and remember race is just a human construct. We can combat intolerance and racism with love. The love that we have for ourselves, our culture, and our people can be used to help us.”

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