View a documentary about civil rights icon John Lewis and benefit Dayton arts organization

Watching a new documentary about civil rights icon John Lewis can benefit one of Dayton’s biggest arts organizations.

Dayton Live, in collaboration with over 60 of the nation’s arts and cultural institutions across the nation, invites the community to participate in a nationwide viewing of the documentary “John Lewis: Good Trouble.”

The film, which premiered locally in July at The Neon, chronicles the influential life and legacy of the late Congressman and civil rights icon from Georgia who died July 17 at age 80 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

The film is available for rent now from Magnolia Pictures at When renting the film through the special link, $5 of the $12 rental fee will be donated to Dayton Live.

“As a Freedom Rider, as a member of Congress, as a human being, Representative Lewis fought for social justice throughout his life,” said Ty Sutton, Dayton Live’s president & CEO, in a release. “Participating in the streaming of John Lewis: Good Trouble is one way Dayton Live can use its resources to make sure Black voices are heard right now.”

After screening the film, audiences are invited to join a virtual conversation at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 about Lewis' history and impact on today’s social justice struggles.

Panelists include film 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, who worked extensively with Lewis to establish the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Credit: Lisa Powell

Credit: Lisa Powell

The free virtual conversation takes place at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 on Zoom. Registration is available here.

“What makes this streaming opportunity different is the interactive panel on Sept. 21,” Suttton said. “Participants will learn even more about Representative Lewis' life and how his experiences are shaping today’s social movements.”

This special rental of the documentary also includes two extra features: A 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 documentary’s director, Dawn Porter, and two of Lewis’s fellow original Freedom Riders, Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Dr. Rip Patton.

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