‘The Birth of a Nation’ star Nate Parker brings message to NABJ-NAHJ
Nate Parker, lead actor in “The Birth of a Nation,” is urging journalists to use their platforms to create dialogue about the past and future of blacks in America.
“I think it’s paramount to letting the world know about our stories and sharing them with people that can take those stories to the rest of the world,” Parker said Friday at the Fox Searchlight booth inside the NABJ-NAHJ convention hotel in Washington, D.C.
When putting together a schedule to promote the movie that features him as slave rebellion leader Nat Turner, Parker said the joint minority journalism convention was at the top of the list. Portions of the film, set for release Oct. 7, were to be shown at the conference Saturday.
“When people hear about the film, they hear what it’s about, they hear the subject matter they hear the healing potential, they can be the first to go out and use their journalistic skills to be able to tell the world about it,” Parker said.
He said he wants to use his art to address issues that are significant to minorities today.
“When we deal with some of the things happening right now, the crisis in America specifically dealing with our people … we’re looking for solutions,” Parker said.
Parker hopes the film sparks conversations around the country.
“Sit with someone,” he said. “It can be your spouse, it can be your friend, it can be the stranger sitting next to you. Just have a conversation about what you’re feeling.
“Hopefully we can create a discourse,” he added later. “We’re all dealing with it honestly and confronting it in a way that we all can heal.”