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A Netflix watch-worthy series is David Letterman’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction”.


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It is not binge-worthy because they are released episode by episode instead of an entire series. The episodes are interviews, so they might not be light enough to take in at one go.

But they are worth watching because of some of the people that Letterman interviews. The first episode featured former US President Barack Obama. There will be another episode with Malala Yousafzai.

I watched the Obama episode and it was inspiring and insightful. I was particularly taken by the snippets of Letterman crossing the Edmund Pettus bridge with Congressman John Lewis.

Folks in my part of the world probably do not know who John Lewis is and what the bridge represents. A recent Washington Post article will shed some light on this important moment in the US Civil Rights movement.

John Lewis speaks with a gravitas today as much as he did as a young man. Watch his interview with MSNBC and his responses to Trump’s racist (“shit hole”) remarks.


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In light of the racial tensions that persist in the US and the deadly event in Charlottesville, Virginia, one might wonder if there has been any progress since John Lewis marched and worked with Martin Luther King. Letterman brought that up and Lewis had a poignant response:

… in the whole struggle there may be some setbacks, some delays, some interruption, but you take a long hard look. We will get there.

Any agent of worthwhile change should be encouraged by Lewis’ words when faced with some setbacks, some delays, and some interruption.

Lewis lived that struggle first hand and has the benefit of hindsight. He also has the wisdom of believing in belief, hope, and better days ahead. The situation is better now than before and Obama as US President for two terms is evidence of that.


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I love this video of congressman John Lewis sharing his thoughts on what it meant to get into “good trouble”. This is the sort of trouble that sparks change.

According to Lewis, good trouble was necessary because got in the way of the status quo and prevented it from continuing as it did before.

Lewis did this during the Civil Rights movement in the US, and he and other congressmen staged a sit-in in US Congress about guns in a response to a spate of shootings.

My wife and I had the privilege of meeting him when I was doing a project in the USA in 2003. One of the few records I have is photos I took during the meeting and book signing.

Meeting John Lewis.

You might not have heard of Lewis even if you are in the US. Lewis has found a way to reach a new generation — graphic novels. That is what the latter half of the video is about. How do you reach a group that might not relate to the message. According to Lewis: Be plain, be clear, and be real.

Not everyone gets to meet a leader and living icon of such a significant moment in history. They do not have to. They need only live and pass on the message of getting into good forms of trouble. That is an plain, clear, and real as anyone can do.


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