Monday, January 16, 2017 | 6 – 8pm
Eldorado Ballroom | 2310 Elgin Street
In 1965, the historic Selma March known as Bloody Sunday was a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement. John Lewis—now a revered U.S. Congressman, then a young student—co-led hundreds of peaceful marchers seeking voting rights for African Americans in the South. When they came face to face with a wall of club-wielding Alabama state troopers, Lewis took a steadfast, non-violent stand and inspired his followers to do the same. Graphic depictions of the ensuing assault were televised on the nightly news and shocked Americans to the core as they witnessed blatant racial oppression.
Get in the Way is the first biographical film about Lewis, a respected legislator and elder statesman who continues to practice nonviolence in his determined fight for justice. The film is a riveting portrayal of John Lewis’ personal journey of courage, searing disappointments and hard-won triumphs, as over the decades he inspires others to stand up and resist.
Project Row Houses presents this screening in the Historic Eldorado Ballroom, a venue instrumental in establishing a cultural identity for African-American Houstonians. The screening will be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on the precipice of a new era presidential leadership, in hopes of sparking a community dialogue around art and activism. The post-screening conversation will look at and build upon the history of activism and community organizing, inspiring strategies for and reinvigorating those who want to “Get in the Way.”
This screening has been made possible through the support of HR Ally, Inc.