'Good Trouble': A New Generation Of Activists On John Lewis' Indelible Legacy
The legacy of John Lewis — the tireless civil rights leader and longtime representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district, who died Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer — won’t die with him, at least not if the next generation of activists and change-makers has anything to say about it. We speak to some of them about Lewis’ mantra of causing “good trouble,” and what that means to them.
Kwame Rose, social activist, artist and organizer in Baltimore. ( @kwamerose)
Dawn Porter,award-winning documentary filmmaker. Founder of Trilogy Films, a production company. Director of “ John Lewis: Good Trouble,” a documentary on the civil rights leader’s life of activism. ( @dawnporterm)
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The New York Times: “ ‘They Didn’t Just Love Him. They Knew Him.’ Young Atlanta Activists Mourn John Lewis.” — “By the time the Rev. James Woodall came to know John Lewis, Mr. Lewis was already a longtime congressman and a towering figure in the civil rights movement, one whose legacy loomed large over Atlanta. At 26, Mr. Woodall is one of the youngest leaders in the N.A.A.C.P., serving as the president for the organization in Georgia. Despite the more than half a century that separated them, Mr. Woodall said he identified with Mr. Lewis as an inspirational leader who at a very young age worked to change the world.”
USA Today: “ ‘Work is still unfinished’: Younger civil rights activists vow to continue work of Rep. John Lewis” — “As the nation mourns the loss of Rep. John Lewis — one of the icons of the civil rights movement — the younger generations he helped groom and inspire pledge to carry out his legacy. Civil rights leaders, young and old, praised Lewis Saturday for his unwavering fight for social justice but acknowledged his work— and theirs — is far from finished.”
The Washington Post: “ John Lewis leaves behind a powerful legacy of social justice” — “On July 17, congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis died at 80, on the same day as 95-year-old stalwart C.T. Vivian, Martin Luther King’s favorite preacher. Both leave behind a legacy of social justice activism that played a pivotal role in some of the most resounding victories of the civil rights movement: America’s Second Reconstruction.”
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