Spike Lee Taking ‘BlacKkKlansman’ to NABJ Convention in Detroit

BlacKkKlansman (Credit: Focus Features)

Spike Lee is slated to screen his upcoming film, BlacKkKlansman, at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) convention in Detroit.

NABJ made the announcement on Twitter, letting its members know Lee would be showing the critically-acclaimed film on Aug. 4, at a special pre-release screening.

BlacKkKlansman follows the true story of African-American police detective Ron Stallworth who infiltrated a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s.

Stallworth is played by John David Washington (Ballers), while Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) portrays the white cop tasked with going inside the KKK.

The film’s producers include Jordan Peele and Jason Blum, the team behind the Oscar-winning film, Get Out.

BlacKkKlansman premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival in May, where it was awarded the Grand Prix honor.

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Spike Lee won the Grand Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival (Credit: YouTube)
Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman won the Grand Prix award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival (Credit: YouTube)

Immediately after the film’s premiere, several reviews were posted online with writers describing the project as “vital,” “persuasive” and Lee’s “comeback.”

BlacKkKlansman is set to arrive in theaters on Aug. 10, to coincide with the anniversary of the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that claimed the life of Heather Heyer. The 32-year-old Virginia native was killed when a car plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters gathered to oppose the rally.