How Ava Duvernay Is Educating On Social Justice

How Ava Duvernay Is Educating On Social Justice

There is a piercing alarm ringing in America right now.  African Americans are suffering.  It seems we are being targeted at every angle.  We’re dying daily in droves as a result of the catastrophic coronavirus pandemic, and we are also being murdered at the hands of those who are responsible for providing our safety.  It often makes me wonder who will protect us from the protection?  We have kneeled, we have boycotted, and now we are rioting.

What’s it going to take for us to receive the treatment we deserve?  As a mother of three sons, it’s disheartening to continuously repeat the #RIP and #Justicefor hashtags.  I fear my son’s safety.  I fear your son’s safety. We shouldn’t have to fear our spouse, children, parents, or siblings not return home simply because of the color of their skin. We shouldn’t have to repeatedly tell our sons, don’t wear your hoodie in the building or don’t go jogging before daylight.  These are simple things that non-poc do without thinking twice.

In the past few months, we’ve had three African Americans killed at the hands of either police or  non-poc.

  • Ahmaud Arbery, a 25 year old unarmed man killed by two white men, a father and son, on February 23, 2020 while jogging in Georgia.  Literally jogging in broad daylight.
  • Breonna Taylor, a 26 year old EMT, killed when officers kicked in her door, and fired their weapons in a failed attempt to execute a search warrant.
  • George Floyd, a 46 year old man, killed by a Minneapolis Police Officer who kneeled on George Floyd’s neck for allegedly resisting arrest.

There have been others. Many others.  Too many to name in fact. We need justice, we need accountability, and we need more education on social justice. Ava Duvernay, director and executive producer on many African American led projects is doing her part to help educate others on social justice. In an interview with CBS, she announced that she, and her company ARRAY, has launched ARRAY101, a learning companion for her film projects beginning with ‘When They See Us.’

She posted the announcement on her instagram with the caption, “The question I get most after folks watch my films is: “What do I do now?” Today, I’m so, so proud to launch a project that my comrades at @ARRAYNow and I have been working on for over a year. Today, we launch #ARRAY101: dynamic learning companions for all our film/TV projects. We begin with WHEN THEY SEE US. And trust me, this ain’t your grandma’s study guide. Fresh ways to broaden our knowledge and challenge our thinking. Download for free at array101.org. Because we can never stop learning. xo”

When They See Us can be watched on Netflix here. Selma can be watched here.


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