From a PR Firm to a Peabody Award: The Rise of Acclaimed Director Ava DuVernay

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Ava DuVernay is now a critically acclaimed, award-winning director, writer, producer and activist — but she didn’t start out making films. With moving projects like 13th and When They See Us under her belt, she has solidified her place in the entertainment industry. Using her passion for racial equity in America, DuVernay has created timeless works that educate and inspire audiences in a fight towards real change. However, the famed director has only just gotten started.

DuVernay's film career began really taking off in 2014 with her first feature-length film, Selma. This film told the story of the 1965 voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The incredible film helped to put DuVernay on the map as a director, opening the door for her to make an even bigger impact. Let's dive into how DuVernay began her career and what the future holds for this talented creative.