April Wolfe, the writer who beautifully captured Ava's spirit in the article, details Ava's experience in the indie and mainstream film industry as well as personal experiences growing up in Compton, CA. This sparked a series of tweets on my behalf expressing my deepest gratitude for Ava's work and how it's influencing the world.
I thought I'd recap the dialogue here in paragraph form, especially for documentation purposes. I promise, everything I said I will do, WILL HAPPEN. I just believe in myself that much.
My Ode to Ava Duvernay's Influence and Legacy
First and foremost, I see the parallels between my hoping and dreaming self and Duvernay. The only difference is that I am a bibliophile of the highest order and one day hope to revolutionize literature.
Every student I teach, including the ones labeled "difficult," just need someone to show them the beauty of life. And, like Duvernay, who has initiatives to bring cinemas to the hood, I want to bring the beauty of storytelling in book form in classrooms.
My students reading and leading book discussions all by themselves. These are 9 and 10 year olds! The book they're reading is "Wonder" by RJ Palacio. 100% engagement.
I have 4th grade students who first came to my class claiming they didn't like reading; by the third week of school, they couldn't wait to read "Wonder" by RJ Palacio. Reading Wolfe's article about Duvernay lets me know ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, and I can and will execute my vision.
I have every reason to believe in myself. The breadcrumbs my ancestors left me in oral and written form give me clues of possibility.
Just like Ava said, "I'm not from the industry and I'm not competing." This is all about assembling a network of like minds and spirits.
That's why I take this time to salute Duvernay. Life April Wolfe said, "Ava IS the new legacy." And, I will be too.