Montgomery & Selma

Get in the Way: Documentary & Discussion

February 27, 2018 in Montgomery , AL


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"Say something. Have the courage. Have the backbone. Get in the way." -John Lewis Join the Freedom Rides Museum for an exciting opportunity to interact with history. Screen an original documentary about the life of Representative John Lewis in Montgomery's own historic First Baptist Church, and join a discussion afterward with fellow Freedom Rider and Civil Rights activist Dr. Rip Patton. The event is FREE and open to the public but registration is encouraged. Please register at This event is co-sponsored by First Baptist Church and the Friends of the Freedom Rides Museum. - - - - - About the documentary: "John Lewis: Get In The Way" traces Rep. Lewis' life from an Alabama sharecropper's son to a lifetime of Civil Rights agitation and advocacy, through to his current role as a U.S. Congressman. Directed by Kathleen Dowdey and presented by PBS, the documentary touches on Lewis' student activism, relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and involvement in the Freedom Rides, Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March, and March on Washington. About Dr. Rip Patton: Dr. Patton joined the Freedom Riders after their brutal attack at Montgomery's Greyhound Bus Station, and was arrested with Lewis and other Freedom Riders on May 24, 1961, in Jackson, MS. At the time, Patton was a 21 year old Music student at Tennessee State University and an active member of the Nashville Student Movement. Patton devoted much of his young adulthood to fighting for Civil Rights, and is a cherished speaker and historic guide today.