Open letter to Ava DuVernay about When They See Us.

Dr. David Dunkley Gyimah
5 min readJun 4, 2019
Image from the film When They See Us.

Dear Ms DuVernay,

In the summer of 94 in sweltering Atlanta whilst attending the NABJ and Unity conference I came across a striking woman in the hotel’s conference hall. She was next to a stand and had her young child in one arm, and in the other hand was clutching copies of “The Source” — that canonical tomb for Hip Hop.

Dr. David Dunkley Gyimah

Creative Technologist & Associate Professor. International Award Winner Cinema journalist. Ex BBC/C4News. Apple profiled Top Writer,