The New York borough of Brooklyn has designated June 30th “Do the Right Thing” day to celebrate the historical significance of Spike Lee’s 1989 film which marks it’s 25th anniversary this year.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was on hand during a Borough Hall ceremony at which the film was praised for avoiding easy answers.
“Many people don’t realize how profound and powerful the movie ‘Do the Right Thing’ actually was,” he said. “Spike created an image of Brooklyn that was beyond the headlines, beyond the stereotyping, beyond the negative images.”
The film traced one day on a Bedford-Stuyvesant block with oppressive heat symbolizing the long-simmering racial tensions in the city. The characters, including Lee as Mookie and the late Ruby Dee as Mother Sister, struggle to endure the rising mercury on both fronts.
“Do the Right Thing Day” will kick off Monday following a Saturday block party in Bed-Stuy, which Lee plans to emcee on Stuyvesant Ave. between Lexington and Quincy Aves, reports the New York Daily News.