Earlier this summer John Lewis took me back to the spot at the Lincoln Memorial where he had led off the speakers on that historic day. As we walked up the steps, he was surrounded by young people visiting Washington who were fascinated to meet this American icon in person. With Abraham Lincoln looking down on us, John Lewis recounted for the children what had unfolded there half a century ago. Later, in Lewis’ office, we pored over photographs and mementos of that day and that era when our history was transformed.
My team and I have brought these elements together in a moving portrait of a man who has lived his life with extraordinary moral consistency and courage. The broadcast airs this upcoming weekend (check local listings) on Moyers & Company, one month before the 50th anniversary itself. I hope you’ll join us.
In the meantime, enjoy these two previews from the show, as well as a detailed look at the changes Lewis was encouraged to make in his speech just before he began.