We’re Getting A John Lewis Documentary Thanks To Erika Alexander

by Krystal Franklin

May 9, 2019

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Congressman and legendary civil rights activist John Lewis will finally get his just due in a new documentary and we have Living Single alum Erika Alexander‘s production company, Color Farm Media and director Dawn Porter (Gideon’s Army) to thank for it!

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In partnership with CNN Films, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the film “uses present-day interviews with Lewis, now 79 years old, to explore his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. Lewis, whom King nicknamed “the Boy from Troy,” would go on to become one of King’s most trusted contemporaries. As the then-chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Lewis was the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.”

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THR also reports, “the film will also include interviews with political leaders, congressional colleagues and other people who figure prominently in Lewis’ life. His speeches and achievements will be highlighted through rare and recently discovered writings, insights from Lewis and people in his inner circle as well as visual and audio archival material that illuminate his continued influence on American culture and Congress.”

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