CBCF Celebrates the Legacy of Rep. John Lewis


Shrita Sterlin-Hernandez


Tim Pulliam


CBCF Celebrates the Legacy of Rep. John Lewis

Documentary showcases the life of an American Civil Rights hero.

WASHINGTON—The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) today announced it will celebrate the living legacy of Rep. John Lewis during a reception and documentary screening in his honor. The film, which is presented by the National Association of Black Journalists, will premiere at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, in Washington, D.C.

“Rep. Lewis’ life’s work represents fearless leadership and a commitment to service,” stated A. Shuanise Washington, president and CEO of the CBCF. “At the foundation, we strive to build on Rep. Lewis’ legacy of leadership through programs like our Leadership Institute for Public Service, using Rep. Lewis’ record of service as a model for the next generation of leaders.”

Get in the Way” documents Rep. Lewis’ early years growing up in rural Alabama, to his teenage years during the civil rights movement as a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee or SNCC, concluding with his early days as a U.S. Congressman in Washington.

The 65-minute Hollywood film is produced by Charles Floyd Johnson, the executive producer of such notable television series as “The Rockford Files,” “JAG,” “NCIS,” and feature films such as “Red Tails.”

The documentary is expected to be in wide release in late 2016.


The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated, established in 1976, is a non-partisan, non-profit, public policy, research and educational institute intended to broaden and elevate the influence of African Americans in the political, legislative and public policy arenas.

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