Artist and humanitarian Nate Parker recently premiered his film The Birth of a Nation at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Nate wrote, directed, produced and stars in the film—a period drama which tells the story of Nat Turner (played by Nate) who famously led the 1831 slave rebellion in Virginia. In his vision of the film, he expressed his deep desire to challenge the country to “heal from racial trauma through an honest confrontation with our past.”
Nate first garnered attention for his starring role in The Weinstein Company’s and Oprah Winfrey produced film The Great Debaters opposite director/actor Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker. Denzel handpicked him to play the troubled yet brilliant “Henry Lowe,” who overcomes his selfish ways and becomes the team’s leader. Nate would later receive a honorary Doctorate from Wiley College in Marshall, Texas—the actual school upon which the film was based.
Nate’s most recent efforts have gone into the launch of The Nate Parker Foundation (NPF), a public organization designed to provide monetary and technical support to a significant number of community-based organizations that are dedicated to transforming the lives of people of African descent both domestically and abroad.
Nate has dedicated his career and life to using his platform as an artist and activist to inspire a protest in the face of community and global injustices.