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Artwork for documentary "John Lewis: Good Trouble"The Smith Center will join dozens of other performing arts centers nationwide this month in hosting a virtual screening and live panel discussion of the new documentary “John Lewis: Good Trouble” by Magnolia Pictures. Nationally facilitated by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), this initiative aims to advance dialogues around social justice and racial equity, and honor the life and legacy of one of the country's most renowned civil rights leaders: legendary U.S. Representative John Lewis - Freedom Rider, Congressman and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient.


Watch: Now Through Sept. 21

First, rent the film directly from Magnolia Pictures here, for only $12. Your rental includes a $5 donation to The Smith Center's Road to Reopening fund, to help sustain our ongoing operations and facilitate planning for reopening. This rental allows you exclusive access to two other videos: Film of an interview Congressman Lewis gave to Oprah Winfrey shortly before his death earlier this year, as well as a one-hour panel, recorded in July, between the film’s director, Dawn Porter, and two of the other original Freedom Riders, Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Dr. Rip Patton.


Join the Discussion: Monday, Sept. 21 at 4 PM

Then, join us for a live virtual panel with director Dawn Porter, Ras J. Baraka, Mayor of Newark, N.J.; Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Director of the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project; and Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.


About John Lewis

John Lewis served the cause of social justice for decades, both as an elected representative and as a groundbreaking activistwhose fervent belief in getting into "good trouble, necessary trouble" for the cause of racial equality changed our nation. Learn more in the documentary "John Lewis: Good Trouble."


About The Documentary

“John Lewis: Good Trouble” offers an intimate account of legendary U.S. Representative John Lewis’ 60 years of social activism and legislative action. It includes rare footage from his life, as well as interviews with him and his colleagues. Magnolia Pictures, in a show of support for cultural institutions across the country that have been closed due to the pandemic, will make the film available to The Smith Center through its Virtual Cinema program.