Taking Civil Rights Fight To The Acting Profession


Ava DuVernay’s critically-acclaimed, multi award-winning feature film Selma is currently screening in cinemas around the world, starring DAVID OYELOWO in his masterful performance as African-American civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King Jr. Whilst promoting the film, DAVID has himself become a leading voice in the fight for racial equality in the acting profession – an issue which he has been speaking out on passionately since the early 2000s in an attempt to change the outdated casting attitudes of British TV and the voting habits on the Oscar ballots.

In an amazing article in this week’s The Guardian, Mark Lawson profiles DAVID’s remarkable career to date, describing how he was an early advocate for racial equality in both stage and screen – an ongoing issue that is still as relevant today as ever. Read the opening paragraph below and check out the full article on The Guardian website here. Go David!

“There’s a theatrical anecdote in which the wife of a leading performer advises a friend: “I wouldn’t come round for lunch on Sunday if I were you. He’s playing Stalin at the moment.” In a more benevolent example of the phenomenon of actors overlapping with their characters, David Oyelowo, while promoting his role as the African-American civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King in the movie Selma, has become a leader of the fight for racial equality in his own profession. He complained that British TV’s lack of interest in telling “black stories” had forced him to work in America, while not sparing his adopted culture either, acknowledging “hurt” at the lack of recognition from the predominantly white Oscar voters for Selma, including his own omission, despite adulatory reviews, from the 2015 Best Actor shortlist…[Continued…]”


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