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I’ve said many times, “We’re better than this…” I said it on the streets of my home, Baltimore, a city on the verge of explosion over police treatment of citizens. I said it in Congress when microphones were shut down, barring free speech… I will continue to say it. Because we must call out what is wrong, and call on our better selves to make things right. This is a fight for the future of our democracy. — Rep. Elijah Cummings

Join Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings—Elijah’s widow—and We’re Better Than This co-author James Dale for an online conversation on the life and work of the late Congressman.

This event is presented by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. See link below for details.


ALOUD—Library Foundation of Los Angeles

Tuesday, February 9.

3 pm on the West Coast; 6 pm East Coast.

From top: Elijah Cummings (center) in 1988, courtesy and © Afro Newspaper /Gado / Getty Images; Elijah Cummings, We’re Better Than This, cover image courtesy and © HarperCollins; Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, courtesy of Dr. Cummings; Elijah Cummings (left).


I feel lucky and blessed that I’m serving in Congress. But there are forces today trying to take us back to another time and another dark period. We’ve come so far, we’ve made so much progress. But as a nation, as a people, we’re not quite there yet. We have miles to go. — Rep. John Lewis, (D) Georgia

As someone who marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Selma and Washington D.C., Congressman Lewis—who has represented Georgia’s 5th District since 1987—knows the necessity of participating in the franchise. He spent the 1970s going door to door registering future Black voters and viscerally understands—in our current summer of reckoning—the existential challenges facing our country leading up to the November elections.

JOHN LEWIS—GOOD TROUBLE, Dawn Porter’s documentary on the life and work of the civil rights activist, is a testimony to the power of persistence and presence—of being there. As the late Maryland congressman Elijah Cummings confirms in the film, “The reason [Lewis is] effective as a leader is because he’s lived it.”

Streaming now on multiple platforms. See links below for details.


Magnolia Pictures

Laemmle Virtual Cinema, Los Angeles.

Dawn Porter, John Lewis—Good Trouble (2020), from top: John Lewis; Lewis leads Selma, Alabama, marchers, March 7, 1965, courtesy and © Birmingham News; John Lewis—Good Trouble poster, courtesy and © Magnolia Pictures, 2020; President Barack Obama presents a 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Lewis during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington; Lewis (far right) with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., (center) and the Reverend Ralph Abernathy (far left). Images courtesy and © Magnolia Pictures.