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Wealthy Sistas® Acclaimed Actress/Author Donzaleigh Abernathy

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Abernathy starred for four years as a Series Regular on Lifetime Television’s critically acclaimed dramatic series, “ANY DAY NOW.” She received critical acclaim from Film Critic Roger Ebert for her performance in “GODS AND GENERALS” for Warner Bros. She also starred in New Line Cinema’s comedy “GRILLED” and Lions Gate’s comedy “LEPRECHAN 6 – Back 2 ‘Da Hood.” She was the leading lady in the HBO award winning film, “Don King-ONLY IN AMERICA,” NBC’s award nominated “THE TEMPEST,” opposite Peter Fonda, also HBO’s award winning “MISS EVERS BOYS” and the Directors Guild of America award winning “MURDER IN MISSISSIPPI.” She is up coming in the independent film,“59 SECONDS” and has starred in DELMAR’S PORCH, CSI Las Vegas, Lincoln Heights, House, Commander and Chief, The Closer, Judging Amy and 24. Along with her husband Dar Dixon Bijarchi, they have created, produced and directed the TV project “ST. FRANCIS.” Born in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement to Juanita and Rev Dr Ralph David Abernathy, who created with his best friend Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. the Civil Rights Movement. She attended all of the major Civil Rights Marches and integrated the elementary school system in the South. Because the Abernathy home was the preferred meeting place for Dr. King and Dr. Abernathy, Donzaleigh had a myopic view into the integral decision making process that helped to shape American laws and society by the creation of the Civil Rights Bill,the Public Accommodations Act and the Voting Rights Act.
Abernathy authored the history book, “PARTNERS TO HISTORY, Martin Luther King, Ralph David Abernathy and the Civil Rights Movement,” published by Random House/Crown. Ms. Abernathy is a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the New Visions Foundation which created New Roads Schools and several other schools in the Los Angeles area.

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