John Lewis: Good Trouble
The life and legacy of John Lewis, the civil rights icon who urged people not to shy away from "good trouble" when necessary, will be the subject of an online Community Forum on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.
Participants will receive a link to view the recently released film "John Lewis: Good Trouble" during a three-day window prior to the forum. A discussion on the legacy of Lewis, who died on July 17, will be led on Zoom by civil rights historian Will Guzman, a Ph.D. professor of history at Prairie View A&M University, and Charles Osiris, Ph.D. associate vice president for student affairs at Cal State Channel Islands.
Lewis has often been quoted about the principle that guided his 60-plus years of advocacy for civil rights and racial justice: "My philosophy is very simple. When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, say something! Do something! Get in trouble! Good trouble! Necessary trouble!" The presenters will share ideas of what kind of "good trouble" Americans should be considering now.
Guzman authored the book "Civil Rights in the Texas Borderlands: Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon and Black Activism," and he is working on a biography of New Jersey civil rights attorney Raymond A. Brown. Osiris led creation of a mentoring and support program for students of color at CSUCI.
The "Good Trouble" film follows Lewis from his years as a young man leading sit-ins, freedom rides and civil rights marches in the South to 17 terms in the House of Representatives, where he became known as "the conscience of Congress." Throughout his career, he was arrested in protests more than 40 times.
In an interview in the film, Lewis says, "I feel lucky and blessed that I'm serving in Congress. But there are forces today that are trying to take us back to another time and another period."
The event on Zoom is sponsored by Chalice Community Forum, a program of Chalice Unitarian Fellowship of the Conejo Valley. The public is invited to register for links to view the film and join the forum at forum.chaliceuu.org . For information, e-mail email@example.com or contact Randall Edwards through the church office at (805) 498-9548.
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