With poignant timing, there is a new documentary film about Representative John Lewis, who died a week ago.
From early adulthood, John Lewis’s life was about one thing: justice for Black people in America. He was a shining example of what one person can do, pursuing that singular vision, working on it every day. Conquering fear, staying human, connecting to other people.
I watched the film, John Lewis: Good Trouble, two weeks before he died. Our quarantine pod fam sat together watching it. The compelling archival news footage in the film sparked the olders to tell the youngers our childhood memories of the 1960s civil rights movement. John Lewis was there for so many pivotal moments. And he kept being there, in the thick of it, until the end of his life. Despite all he went through, and the disheartening persistence of the injustices he fought, his life gives hope.
He was also a good story teller—do not miss the one about preaching to the chickens.
I highly recommend John Lewis: Good Trouble. There are lots of ways to see it.