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On Saturday, May 20th Director and screenwriter Ava DuVernay won her very first Peabody Award for her documentary, 13th, an in-depth documentary examining the United States prison system and the impact of racial inequality. Presented by Lupita Nyong’o at Cipriani on Wall Street in New York City, Ava DuVernay gracefully acknowledged her award and addressed issues such as criminalization and the challenges she faced in the beginning of her career during her acceptance speech. Listen to the full speech below:

The 76th Annual Peabody Awards were hosted by Rashida Jones and will air nationally at 9 p.m. ET/PT on June 2nd on PBS stations and FUSION platforms. The University of Georgia’’s Peabody Awards recognize stories that matter, as told through electronic media (including TV, radio, podcast and digital mediums), with this year’s honorees including Norman Lear, ITVS and the Peabody 30, which included work from artists like Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Ezra Edelman and more.
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