Ava DuVernay Shares Birthday Tribute To Korey Wise Who ‘Defeats Darkness Daily’

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Ava DuVernay Shares Birthday Tribute To Korey Wise Who 'Defeats Darkness Daily'

Ava DuVernay shared a heartfelt birthday message on Twitter in honor of Korey Smart, whose story was portrayed in her critically acclaimed sequence “When They See Us.” 

The director tweeted a portrait of Smart on Friday, writing, “As we speak is the day {that a} king is born.”

Smart, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Kevin Richardson, broadly recognized for many years because the so-called Central Park 5, had been wrongly convicted as youngsters of a brutal rape that befell in New York Metropolis’s Central Park in 1989.

DuVernay’s Netflix restricted sequence, which was launched Could 31, put a highlight on their tales. 

“His energy is his survival,” DuVernay mentioned of the now-47-year-old in her Twitter publish. “His energy is his sword. He defeats darkness each day. He endures. He conjures up. Saluting you right now, @KoreyKingWise. I rejoice your life and thanks for letting me be part of it. Glad Birthday, brother.”

In 2015, Smart funded the Korey Smart Innocence Undertaking at Colorado Regulation, a student-led volunteer program that investigates claims of wrongful convictions. 

Many individuals on Twitter joined DuVernay in sending birthday needs to Smart. 

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