In January 2019 SBMA hosted a book signing with legendary film director Spike Lee for his book Do The Right Thing, which focused on the making of his seminal film of the same name. Considered one of the most important films of its era, it is still revered today, almost 30 years later. The book includes an unprecedented insider’s look at the film, with behind-the-scenes visuals and interviews, and a reproduction of Spike Lee’s original handwritten screenplay.
Employing director Lee's hometown of Brooklyn as the setting, this explosive film masterfully explores race and class relationships. Do The Right Thing became a landmark film that brought serious issues in the African American community to light and established Lee as a major director in American cinema. Lee also wrote the screenplay, produced, and even starred in this deeply personal film.