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Remembering the life of Congressman John Lewis with “John Lewis – Get in the Way” Thursday, July 23 at 8 pm


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The son of sharecroppers, John Lewis grew up in rural isolation, seemingly destined to a bleak, segregation-imposed future. But his fate took a different turn, and Lewis rose from Alabama’s

John Lewis arrested in Nashville, 1961.
Two Nashville Police officers carry the group’s leader, John Lewis, to a waiting police paddy wagon after he failed to obey police orders to move away from the Herschel’s Tic Toc restaurant Dec. 2, 1962.

Black Belt to the corridors of power on Capitol Hill, his humble origins forever linking him to those whose voices customarily go unheard. A man of the people, a Congressional elder statesman, Lewis is as exceptional as he is ordinary.

JOHN LEWIS – GET IN THE WAY is the first biographical documentary about John Lewis, an inspiring portrait of one man cast into extraordinary times and his unhesitating dedication to seeking justice for the marginalized and ignored. The film spans more than half a century, tracing Lewis’ journey of courage, confrontations and hard-won triumphs.

John Lewis about to vote at his polling station in Atlanta, Georgia.
John Lewis about to vote at his polling station in Atlanta, Georgia.

Through never-before-seen interviews shot over 20 years, Lewis, a masterful storyteller, tells the gripping tale of his role in these history-making events. Other key interviewees include Lewis’ congressional colleagues and civil rights activists Andrew Young, Juanita Abernathy, Bernard Lafayette and C.T. Vivian, who died at the age of 95 on July 17, 2020.

Congressman John Lewis died at the age of 80 on July 17, 2020.