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This Ford School community event honors Representative John Lewis and his life-long commitment to the fight for voting rights and racial equality. Representative Debbie Dingell and Professor of Practice and former Representative Sandy Levin will briefly share personal reflections about John Lewis, their friend and colleague. Professor Edie Goldenberg and Stephanie Sanders, lecturer and diversity, equity, and inclusion officer, will frame some broader voting rights issues. There will also be time for group discussion and Q&A.
The Ford School is also pleased to offer Ford School students, faculty, staff and alumni access to watch the documentary film, John Lewis: Good Trouble. If you would like to watch the film, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to access it.
About the film
John Lewis: Good Trouble is an intimate account of legendary U.S. Representative John Lewis’ life, legacy and more than 60 years of extraordinary activism—from the bold teenager on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement to the legislative powerhouse he was throughout his career. After Lewis petitioned Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to help integrate a segregated school in his hometown of Troy, Alabama, King sent “the boy from Troy” a round trip bus ticket to meet with him. From that meeting onward, Lewis became one of King’s closest allies. He organized Freedom Rides that left him bloodied or jailed, and stood at the front lines in the historic marches on Washington and Selma. He never lost the spirit of the “boy from Troy” and called on his fellow Americans to get into “good trouble” until his passing on July 17, 2020. The film is directed by Dawn Porter.
This event is co-sponsored by the Ford School and the Program on Practical Policy Engagement.