Shadow And Act has learned BET will honor the late civil rights activist and politician John Lewis with an upcoming news special, John Lewis: In His Own Words. The BET and CBS News co-production will air Sunday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m.
The special will cover some pivotal moments in the life of John Lewis, including his time as Freedom Rider, speaker at he 1963 March on Washington, his story of surviving Bloody Sunday, becoming an outspoken Congressman and more.
It will be hosted by CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan, “weaving together compelling footage of the former Congressman’s life and his own inspiring words to present a powerful reflection of his tireless dedication to the non-violent fight for racial equality and justice. The special will trace his momentous journey on the frontlines of history, from the freedom rides to the Black Lives Matter Movement, and one of the last interviews he conducted before his death. America lost an icon, but we join so many in celebration of his life, legacy and immeasurable contributions to the Civil Rights Movement and the nation through public service.”
“Lewis was a tireless activist for civil rights for over six decades, joining Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his fight for voting rights for African Americans when he was in his 20s. Now more than ever, we owe Representative Lewis an enormous debt of gratitude for all that he’s done in his historic career,” said Scott Mills, President of BET Networks. “He was a fearless leader and a legend in the movement for civil rights. His contributions allow us to stand on the shoulders of giants as we continue the fight for social justice today. We will honor his legacy by making ‘good trouble’ of our very own.”
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