John Lewis: Good Trouble


When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something.

Celebrate an icon who spent his life getting into Good Trouble!

This month, remember the life and legacy of Representative John Lewis  Freedom Rider and Congressman, Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, and the conscience of a nation  who served the cause of social justice for decades, both as an elected representative and as a groundbreaking activist whose fervent belief in getting into “good trouble, necessary trouble” for the cause of racial equality changed our nation.

In collaboration with NJPAC and over 50 different performing arts centers across the country, join us virtually for a nationwide watch of the riveting new documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble followed by a live virtual panel on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 at 7:00PM featuring the film’s director and civil rights advocates as they talk about Representative Lewis’s legacy of fearless protest and how we can keep his campaign for justice alive.



How To Participate

First, rent the film directly from Magnolia Pictures here (this will take you to an outside page) for $12. This rental allows you exclusive access to two other videos: Film of an interview Congressman Lewis gave to Oprah Winfrey shortly before his death earlier this year, as well as a one-hour panel, recorded in July, between the film’s director, Dawn Porter, and two of the other original Freedom Riders, Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Dr. Rip Patton. Your rental also includes a $5 donation to McCarter Theatre Center!

This link will take you to the website of Eventive, where this film is being hosted. Please note that you will not be able to use a McCarter Gift Certificate for this purchase. If you need support, please visit their FAQ page.


Then, on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 at 7:00PM, join us for a live virtual panel with director Dawn PorterRas J. Baraka, Mayor of Newark, NJ; Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Director of the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project; and Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. US Senator from New Jersey, Cory Booker, will provide opening remarks. Register for the Zoom discussion here. (The interactive Zoom session will be limited to 10,000 participants. If the panel is full, you can still watch the discussion on our Facebook Live feed.)