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BP Adams Proclaims 'Do the Right Thing' Way On 25th Anniversary of Seminal Brooklyn-Based Film

June 24, 2014



BROOKLYN, N.Y., June 24 -- The Brooklyn Borough President issued the following news release:

Today, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams honored filmmaker Spike Lee and his award-winning film "Do the Right Thing", proclaiming this Saturday as "Do the Right Thing Day" in Brooklyn to commemorate the 25th anniversary of its release date. Along with State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Council Member Robert Cornegy Jr. and other community members from Bedford-Stuyvesant, the setting of the film, Borough President Adams noted the importance of the film in Brooklyn's history, as well as for its provocative message about neighborhoods undergoing change and civil rights within American society.

"Spike created an image of Brooklyn that was beyond the headlines, beyond the stereotypes and beyond the negative images. It showed Brooklyn in the eyes of everyday Brooklynites," said Borough President Adams. "After 25 years, today Brooklyn Borough Hall is doing the right thing and signing this proclamation to Spike Lee and 'Do the Right Thing.' Long before any of us were here in this beautiful place, Spike was there doing the right thing."

"I'm extremely proud to be able to represent Bedford-Stuyvesant and Northern Crown Heights and to stand with two fantastic members of the borough of Brooklyn who always stood for doing the right thing," exclaimed Council Member Cornegy, clarifying that the director shot the entire film in his district along a section of Stuyvesant Avenue between Quincy Street and Lexington Avenue. "The borough has to be open in its ancillary districts to be able to receive and to nurture filmmakers and artists. We need to be able to have them to come back to Brooklyn."

t was not the first time Mr. Lee had appeared at Borough Hall, telling Borough President Adams, "We shot here before. On the final scene of 'Summer of Sam,' we shot here. You were a police back then, right?" Mr. Lee went on to thank Borough President Adams and all those in attendance for their recognition of this anniversary, and announced that the commemoration for "Do the Right Thing" will continue this Saturday from 12:00PM until 6:00PM with a free block party; the event has been organized in partnership between Mr. Lee'sFort Greene-based production company 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks and Beats Music, in collaboration with the Stuyvesant Co-Op Block Association, and will feature performances by various DJs, with Mr. Lee acting as MC, as well as participation by Jordan Brand, MetroPlus and others.

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