Donzaleigh Abernathy | Srivideo
Born/Date of Birth: August 5, 1957
Place of Birth: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Alma mater: Emerson College
Occupation: Actress, author, civil rights activist
Home town: Atlanta, Georgia
Parent(s): Ralph Abernathy, Juanita Abernathy
Education: Emerson College, George School
Spouse: Dar Dixon
Siblings: Juandalynn R. Abernathy, Ralph David Abernathy III, Kwame Luthuli Abernathy, Ralph David Abernathy Jr.
Donzaleigh Abernathy is an American actress, author and civil rights activist.
Abernathy was born in Montgomery, Alabama and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia during the Civil Rights Movement. The Abernathy children, along with the King children, integrated Spring Street Elementary School and began mass integration in the South. Abernathy briefly attended the Northside High School for the Performing Arts, before attended and graduated from George School, a Quaker Prep School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Her father was Rev. Ralph Abernathy, an influential leader in the civil rights movement, and her mother was the civil rights activist Juanita Abernathy. She was able to join her parents and witness first-hand many significant events of the civil rights movement. Her family was very close to that of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., another prominent figure of the civil rights movement. The Abernathy and King children went to school together, performed extracurricular activities together, spent Sunday dinners together, and spent vacations and various holidays together. According to Abernathy herself, children from both families would hold performances for their parents on these occasions with Yolanda King, one of King's daughters, acting as the director and Dr. King filming the performances. Abernathy has stated that "that's really when [she] started acting." She is married to actor/producer Dar Dixon Bijarchi.
After graduating from Emerson College in Boston, Abernathy moved to New York. She landed her first job after auditioning for a role with the Off Off Broadway production. Since then, Abernathy has played roles in many different movies and television series. In the historical drama Gods and Generals, she portrays a slave named Martha. Although the film itself was not critically well-received, Abernathy was praised for her part. One reviewer states that "Abernathy's image of Martha combines strength with glamour." She starred for four years as a series regular on Lifetime's Any Day Now. As a child of the South, Abernathy was heavily influenced by the civil rights movement. As a result, she was able to connect with the role on a personal level. Donzaleigh Abernathy claims she was filming a scene with Omar Epps in May 2016 for the USA show "Shooter" where his character was supposed to murder her character, when he "completely deviated from the script" and "threw his left forearm with full force at [her] right arm," and broke it. Abernathy is suing Epps, along with Paramount Pictures, for negligence and assault and battery. She's asking for damages for her pain and suffering and wants her medical costs—present and future—covered.
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