Donzaleigh Abernathy is an American actress, author and civil rights activist born August 5, 1957 in
Montgomery, Alabama and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia during the Civil Rights Movement. She attended the Northside High School for the Performing Arts, before attending and graduating from George School, a Quaker Prep School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
She was able to join her father, Rev. Ralph Abernathy who was an influential leader in the Civil Rights Movement to witness first-hand many significant events of the Civil Rights Movement. Her family was very close to that of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She is married to actor/producer Dar Dixon Bijarchi. She graduated from Emerson College in Boston and then moved to New York.
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After graduation, she landed a role with the Off Off Broadway production and has since played roles in many different movies and television series like Grilled, Ghost Dad, Walking Dead, Nurse, and a host others. She portrayed the role of a slave named Martha in the drama Gods and Generals. She also starred in Lifetime’s Any Day Now.
Donzaleigh was one of the contributing authors of the 2001 Smithsonian Institute’s book of essays, “In the spirit of Martin: the living legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” In 2003, she authored the book “Partners to history: Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph David Abernathy, and the civil rights movement” in honor of her parents.