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    The Center for Spiritual Wisdom’s “Reel Spirit Movie Project” October film is John Lewis: Good Trouble. The Center will host an online community discussion of this important and timely film on October 15, 2020 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. John Lewis: Good Trouble offers an intimate account of legendary U.S. Representative John Lewis’ life, legacy, and more than 60 years of extraordinary activism—from the bold teenager on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement to the legislative powerhouse he was throughout his career. Lewis, once described affectionately by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as “the boy from Troy,” organized Freedom Rides that left him bloodied and/or jailed, and stood at the front lines in the historic marches on Washington and Selma. He is a Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree and has acted as the conscience of our nation. Congressman Lewis never lost the spirit of justice and called on his fellow Americans to get into “good trouble” until his passing on July 17, 2020. For more information about the film see https://www.johnlewisgoodtrouble.com.

    Special Guest—Katy Barksdale, Co-producer of John Lewis: Good Trouble. The Center for Spiritual Wisdom is pleased to welcome Katy Barksdale to the discussion on October 15th. Ms. Barksdale is President of The Rockdale Foundation, a family foundation with a grant-making emphasis in education, ethical leadership, and community. In addition to her leadership on the Foundation, she serves on the Boards of the John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Charitable Foundation, Soaring Heights, and MedShare. Ms. Barksdale previously worked for two US Senators, practiced law, and was Chair of the Atlanta Board of Education and the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta. Katy has a lifelong passion for storytelling and film and is currently producing several documentaries. She is proudest of her three adult children who are doing interesting things all over the world.

    Since we are still practicing social distancing due to COVID-19, participants are asked to view John Lewis: Good Trouble before the discussion on October 15th. The 2-hour facilitated discussion will begin with Q&A with Ms. Barksdale and will then be followed by an open, evocative, and engaging discussion of the film and the issues it raises for our times today. The Center will lead and host this event electronically through Zoom, and Tony Gillman will facilitate the discussion. Tony serves on the Board of Center for Spiritual Wisdom and currently leads the Center’s Reel Spirit Movie Project.

    There is no charge for this event, but participants are asked to please consider a donation to Center for Spiritual Wisdom. To register or receive additional information, please email Cindy Decker at communications@centersw.org. Registrations will be received on a first-come, first-served basis. To donate to the Center, go to https://centersw.org/donate.

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