The legacy of John Lewis comes to life on the big screen

Updated: Mar. 31, 2017 at 10:10 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY CO., AL (WSFA) - The life and legacy of civil rights hero, human rights champion and congressional leader John Lewis has been captured in a new documentary "Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis."

A free screening of the critically acclaimed film was held Friday at the historic Davis Theatre in Montgomery.

It was a night out at the movies, starring John Lewis.

"It's a story about his life and his contribution to American history as a civil rights hero," said Dr. Felicia Bell, Director of Rosa Parks Museum.

Lewis was a civil rights hero, foot solider and politician.

"He connects to people and that's very apparent in his congressional career, how he's connecting to people even today," said Dan Puckett, Professor of History at Troy University.

Lewis' story transcends race, gender and age.

"I think it's so valuable to look at how they fought for equality and the methods that they used and the philosophies they relied on really as a way of life not just as tactics," said Dr. Kathryn Tucker, Lecturer of History at Troy University.

His legacy and message still hold up today.

"The shootings of minorities by police officers, the Black Lives Matter Movement, the civil rights movement didn't end in the 1960's, it's an ongoing movement and it's still with us today," said Puckett.

Non-violence, equality and love on the big screen, molding a future generation from the trials and tribulations of the past.

"He's someone who really was an ordinary person that decided he wanted to make a difference and found that he had the power to do so," said Dr. Tucker.

"Get in the Way" was the winner of the Best Documentary in 2016 at the International Family Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2016, and was selected for the 2016 Woodstock Film Festival, International Black Film Festival and St. Louis International Film Festival.

The screening was made possible by Troy University's Office of Sponsored programs and the Rosa Parks Museum.

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