Dr. Michael Datcher did his undergraduate work at UC Berkeley, his Masters at UCLA and his Ph.D. at UC Riverside in English Literature. He is the author the Ferguson-area historical novel Americus (Third World Press) and the critically-acclaimed New York Times Bestseller Raising Fences (Penguin Putnam/Riverhead)—a Today Show Book Club Book of the Month pick. The film rights were originally optioned by actor Will Smith’s Overbrook Productions, who hired Datcher to write the screenplay. Datcher has made many other media appearances including Oprah. Datcher is also the author of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize nominee Animating Black and Brown Liberation: A Theory of American Literatures (State University of New York Press). Learn more at michaeldatcher.com.