Wednesday, February 3, 2016

CONYERS Addresses Diversity In Academy Awards

Dean of the U.S. House
of Representatives
John Conyers, Jr.
The below letter was sent earlier today to Ms. Boone Isaacs, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (“the Academy”) from U.S. Representatives Hank Johnson (D-GA) and John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) regarding racial and gender diversity of its membership.

Your recently announced plan to increase diversity within the Academy should be seen as a first step toward a broader plan to increase diversity in Hollywood as a whole; however, we hope to ensure that this is not a false step.  The motion picture industry has long been a crucial ally in the fight for justice, telling the stories that help us to see one another in a different light.  We believe Hollywood should be on the leading edge of inclusion, and the Academy, by recognizing excellence from all viewpoints, can help achieve that goal.
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