This Day in Black History: March 20, 1957

Director, producer and writer Spike Lee born.

Posted: 03/20/2012 07:00 AM EDT
Spike Lee

On this day, director, producer and writer Spike Lee was born in Atlanta. Born Shelton Jackson Lee, he became an amateur filmmaker by the time he turned 20 and would go on to create an impressive catalog of groundbreaking films, including She’s Gotta Have It (1986) and Do the Right Thing (1989). The latter centered on increasing racial tensions in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, and Lee was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1990. He is known for his often-controversial and provocative films that explore the intricacies of race relations, urban violence and politics. 

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