- Biography, Cultural History, Minorities, Anthropology, and Current Affairs
Follow the courageous journey of John Lewis, whose unwavering fight for justice spans the past 50 years, from his youth in the segregated South, through his leadership within the Civil Rights movement, to his current role as a powerful voice in Congress. He was the youngest speaker at the historic 1963 March on Washington, where Dr.King delivered his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech. And in March 1965, Lewis led the Bloody Sunday march in Selma, where Alabama State Troopers attacked peaceful protesters with billy clubs, bullwhips and tear gas. Their horrific actions were broadcast on nightly news reports into living rooms across America; eight months later, the Voting Rights Act was signed into law. Once an activist pushing from the outside, Lewis, now 77 years old, has become a determined legislator making noise on the inside As John Lewis say's "you must find a way to get in the way."
- Show treatment
JOHN LEWIS: GET IN THE WAY premiered on national prime time PBS in February 2017 as a feature of Black History Month. A riveting portrait of Lewis’ personal journey of courage, hard-won triumphs and searing disappointments, the film challenges viewers to stand up, speak out, resolve to take action and Get in the Way.
The son of sharecroppers, John Lewis grew up in rural isolation, seemingly destined for a bleak future in the Jim Crow South of the 1940s. But he took a different path, rising from Alabama’s Black Belt to the corridors of power on Capitol Hill, his humble origins forever linking him to those whose voices often go unheard.
Get in the Way features Lewis, a masterful storyteller, relating the gripping tale of his role as a student activist in some of the most brutal confrontations of the Civil Rights Movement and later, as a congressman deeply committed to challenge injustice through policy and action.
- Running time
- 60 and 54 minutes
- Kathleen Dowdey ... Producer - Director
- Charles Floyd Johnson ... Executive Producer
- Donna Brown Guillame ... Consulting Producer
- lillian benson ... Editor
- Charles Schner ... Director of Photography
- Karen Elizabeth Price ... Co-Producer
- Jim Carr ... Co-Producer
- Camara Kambon ... Composer
- Aaron Zuber ... Post Production Supervisor
- Prod. Co.
- Early Light Productions / PBS
- United States
- Years of Production
- Washington DC, Alabama
- Prod. Partners
- Kathleen Dowdey, Producer-Director, Charles Floyd Johnson, Executive Producer, Donna Brown Guillaume, Consulting Producer
- Release year
- Official Selection: Woodstock Film Festival, Newark Black Film Festival, St. Louis Int. festival, International Black Film Festival Nashville
- Chosen by PBS for Black History Month, Best Documentary International Family Film Festival Los Angeles
- A feature documentary produced and directed by Kathleen Dowdey, Get in the Way launched with a film festival run and PBS broadc
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