Phi Beta Sigma to Sponsor Documentary of Congressman John Lewis

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Washington, DC- The John Lewis Documentary Project is the much anticipated film documenting the life and legacy of Civil Rights icon, and a United States Congressman. Lewis is a profile in courage of a gentleman Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. proudly calls one its legendary members.

Jonathan A. Mason, Sr., International President and Micheal Cristal, International First Vice President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., will join a large bipartisan congressional delegation for a three-day civil rights pilgrimage to Alabama. Rep. John Lewis, D-GA., who has led the pilgrimage every year since 1998, will lead the march as it passes through Birmingham, Selma, Montgomery and Marion.

On Saturday, March 7, 2015, Mason will be a part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery marches. In attendance will be President Barack Obama, Former President George W. Bush, Congressman John Lewis, and 95 members of Congress, community and faith leaders and ordinary citizens to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the march in Selma for voting rights.

PBS lewisAs part of Phi Beta Sigma’s participation and to honor their fraternity brother Congressman John Lewis, the fraternity has announced the support for the John Lewis Documentary project which is directed by Stanley Nelson, who is among the nation’s foremost documentary filmmakers. Nelson is a multiple-prime-time Emmy winner, and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow and a host of other titles he directed for PBS as well as work for CNN and HBO.

John Lewis played a pivotal role in Selma. He was beaten and terrorized by the police on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on “Bloody Sunday.” It is to appreciate those individualism many of whom remain nameless and faceless, who sacrificed their careers, freedom, bodies, and indeed their lives, so that African Americans could cast their ballots free from discrimination or exclusionary measures that this march is being celebrated. The march commemorates Selma to celebrate the work of these activists and the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

As one of the sponsors of the documentary, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. will receive prominent film credit. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity’s involvement in the film project on Congressman Lewis’ life is a continuation of the civil rights activities the 101 years old community service organization has been championing since its founding.

Future generations of the organization’s members will be enriched Lewis’ leadership and legacy. Looking forward “Sigmas” can be proud of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. involvement in this historic documentary at this time in the United States history.

This documentary project will trace John Lewis’ life – from his boyhood in the Jim Crow South, to the front lines of the Civil Rights movement, to his work in Congress and leadership on international human rights and nonviolence issues. The life of John Lewis is a testament to virtue, humility, hard work, courage, faith, commitment and strength. His motivating personal journey reassures each of us that we can make a difference.


Thanks to my Brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. for modified press release

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