OWN-Oprah Winfrey Network on Aug. 28 will premiere the Ava DuVernay-produced short film August 28: A Day in the Life of a People, the network said Wednesday.
According to OWN, the 22-minute scripted film gives historical perspective within the creative framework of one date that has had a profound effect on America including: the passing of The Slavery Abolition Act on August 28, 1833, the lynching of Emmett Till on August 28, 1956, the first radio airplay from Motown Records on August 28, 1961 with The Marvelettes “Please Mr Postman,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech during the massive March on Washington on August 28, 1965, Hurricane Katrina making its tragic landfall on August 28, 2005 and then-Senator Barack Obama’s acceptance of the Democratic nomination for the presidency on August 28, 2008.
August 28: A Day in the Life of a People stars Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle, Regina King, David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, André Holland, Michael Ealy, Saniyya Sidney and Glynn Turman.
DuVernay also serves as executive producer for OWN's original series Queen Sugar, which was recently renewed for a fourth season.
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