Nate Parker Welcomes Daughter Justice

08/05/2016 at 12:00 PM ET

Nate Parker welcomes daughter
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It’s the birth of a … daughter!

Birth of a Nation star Nate Parker and his wife Sarah DiSanto have welcomed their fourth child, daughter Justice, the 36-year-old actor and director confirmed to E! News at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Grants Gala on Thursday.

The couple, who met while attending Pennsylvania State University and married in 2007, are already parents to three young daughters.

Coincidentally, Parker grew up with four younger sisters.

“My father passed away when I was very young, so I was head of household for a very long time,” he previously explained to PEOPLE. “Whether it came to cooking food or having to braid hair to get kids out of the door for school, I’ve been one that has — with the help of my mother — been a father figure for a lot of young ladies.”

Justice is a fitting name for his new baby, as Birth of a Nation — which Parker wrote, produced and stars in — dramatizes Nat Turner’s 1831 slave rebellion.

The powerful period piece has already generated some serious Oscar buzz after winning the grand jury prize and audience award at Sundance — where its screening received a raucous standing ovation. It sold to Fox Searchlight for a record breaking $17.5 million, and earned an Oct. 7 release date, positioning it in a prime award season spot.

Parker won the breakthrough director of the year award at April’s CinemaCon for the film.

Turner’s story has been a labor of love for Parker, who first became captivated by it after transferring to the University of Oklahoma his junior year.

“In college, if someone [asked] me who my hero [was], the answer they’d get without hesitation was Nat Turner,” Parker told PEOPLE.

He added that he felt the urgency “to research him and learn about him and try to find ways into his life that I could apply to my life, with respect to his disposition toward injustice, with respect to his ideology around righteousness and faith.”

— Dave Quinn

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