Porter's poignant, powerful documentary is both a tribute to a living legend and a call to action arguing that the work of fighting racial injustice isn't done. Those who've read March, watched Selma, taken a civil rights history course, or visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture may know a bit (or a lot) about the sharecroppers' son from Troy, Alabama, who preached to chickens, helped found SNCC, orchestrated sit-ins, was an inaugural Freedom Rider, marched alongside Dr. King, and outlived every other speaker from the March on Washington. For those in that position, some of what's in Porter's documentary may not be new -- but it's still important to remember, reflect upon, and take to heart as the United States' struggles around social justice continue.
Lewis' ascendancy from a young activist who was arrested dozens of times to one of the country's preeminent Black politicians is inspiring and impressive. His story brings to life the quote he has hanging in his office: "Hands that once picked cotton can now pick presidents." It may be hard for some to believe, but Jim Crow laws, segregation, and overt voter suppression (poll taxes, tests, intimidation) weren't that long ago. Lewis has made it his life's mission to remind everyone that even though the United States may have abolished some of its most egregious anti-Black laws, there is still plenty of injustice and inequality to fight. Frankly, John Lewis: Good Trouble is timelier than ever, and it's an educational testament to Lewis' place in American history.