Ava DuVernay to Receive Freedom Award

Ava DuVernay is making room on her shelf for another trophy, because she will soon receive the National Civil Right Museum’s Freedom Award, Page Six reports.

Held annually each fall, the Freedom Award recognizes individuals “who have made significant contributions in civil rights and who have laid the foundation for present and future leaders in the battle for human rights.”

The filmmaker certainly fits the bill. Last year, she directed Selma, an award-winning biopic that documented the historic march, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, from Selma to Montgomery, AL to obtain equal voting rights.

DuVernay will also be joined by other honorees including Ruby Bridges-Hall, an activist and organizer, and Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, a Freedom Rider and civil rights movement organizer.

The ceremony will take place on Oct. 22 in Memphis, TN – the location of the National Civil Rights Museum, which was which was built on the site where Dr. King was killed.