Donzaleigh Abernathy began her life in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement as the youngest daughter of its co-founder, Reverend Ralph David Abernathy and his wife, Juanita. Raised in the public forefront of the Civil Rights Movement, Donzaleigh attended all of the major marches and had a unique view growing up in her parents' home, which was the gathering place for her father and his best friend, Martin Luther King, Jr.
In honor of her father, Donzaleigh authored the history book Partners to History: Martin Luther King, Ralph David Abernathy and the Civil Rights Movement, published by Randomhouse/Crown. The coffee table pictorial of American history was nominated as one of the Best Books of 2004 for young adults by the American Library Association. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy Jr. wrote the Foreword.
For four years, Donzaleigh starred on Lifetime Television’s critically acclaimed dramatic series, Any Day Now. She received enthusiastic commendation from film critic Roger Ebert for her performance as Martha, the slave girl, in the civil war epic, Gods and Generals. Donzaleigh has also starred in the Lionsgate comedy, Leprechaun 6—Back to the Hood, in New Line Cinema’s, Grilled, as the leading lady in HBO’s award winning Don Kind: Only in America, HBO’s award winning, Miss Evers Boys, in NBC’s production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, opposite Peter Fonda, and in Murder in Mississippi, which won the Directors Guild of America award for Roger Young. Most recently, she has guest-starred on CSI Las Vegas, Lincoln Heights, House, Commander in Chief, (six episodes), The Closer, Judging Amy, and 24.
As a founding member, Donzaleigh is actively involved with New Visions Foundation and is a former vice president of the Board of Trustees for New Roads School, one of the many schools co-created by New Visions in the Los Angeles area.