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Screening: Get in the Way

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Thursday, September 21, 2017
5:10 pm


In-person Event

Michigan Theater
603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104


Open to the public
Free of charge

A free screen­ing of the 2017 PBS doc­u­men­tary Get in the Way will be pre­sented on Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 21, 2017 at 5:10 pm in the Michi­gan The­ater. The film chron­i­cles the jour­ney of civil rights hero, con­gress­man, and human rights cham­pion John Lewis and is pre­sented in part­ner­ship with Detroit Pub­lic Tele­vi­sion (DPTV).

This screen­ing of Get in the Way replaces the pre­vi­ously sched­uled speaker series talk by Con­gress­man John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Pow­ell on the col­lab­o­ra­tive co-author­ing of MARCH, a graphic novel tril­ogy about the congressmen’s life and activism. The talk was post­poned due to an emer­gency meet­ing called by the Con­gres­sional Black Cau­cus in the nation’s capi­tol, and will now take place on Novem­ber 27, 2017 at 7 pm in Hill Audi­to­rium.

Please visit the Con­flict and Peace Ini­tia­tive’s March­ing For­ward web­site for infor­ma­tion on addi­tional events with MARCH illus­tra­tor Nate Powell. 

About Get in the Way

Through never-before-seen inter­views shot over 20 years, Lewis, a mas­ter­ful sto­ry­teller, tells the grip­ping tale of his role in these his­tory-mak­ing events. Other key inter­vie­wees include civil rights activists Andrew Young, C.T. Vivian, Juanita Aber­nathy, and Bernard Lafayette, plus Lewis’ con­gres­sional col­leagues Eleanor Holmes Nor­ton, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Emanuel Cleaver, and Amory Houghton.

Once an activist push­ing from the out­side, Lewis, now 76 years old, has become a deter­mined leg­is­la­tor mak­ing noise on the inside. Con­sid­ered by many to be the con­science of Con­gress, with equal mea­sures of mod­esty and force­ful­ness, Lewis strives to per­suade D.C. power bro­kers to hear the voices of the unheard. He fights for those suf­fer­ing from dis­crim­i­na­tion, poverty, poor edu­ca­tion, police bru­tal­ity, inac­ces­si­ble health­care and lim­i­ta­tions on voter rights. Despite set­backs – and there have been many – John Lewis’ eyes remain on the prize. More

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