“I tell friends and family, colleagues and especially young people that when you see something that’s not right or fair, you have to do something, you have to speak up, you have to get in the way. When you see something that is not right, not just, not fair, you have a moral obligation ... to do something. Our children & their children will ask us, what did you do? We have a mission & a mandate to be on the right side of history. When I was growing up, my mother and father and grandparents would tell me, “Don’t get in trouble. This is the way it is.” But then I heard Dr. King speak when I was 15. Dr. King and others inspired me to get in what I call ‘good trouble’, necessary trouble. And I think we’re going to have generations for years to come that will be prepared to get in trouble, good trouble, necessary trouble. And lead us to higher heights. It’s a struggle that doesn’t last one day, one week, one month, one year. It is the struggle of a lifetime, or maybe many lifetimes. You have to be hopeful. You have to be optimistic. If not, you will get lost in despair. When I travel around the country, I say, “Don’t get down–you cannot get down.” I’m not down. I got arrested, beaten, left bloody and unconscious. But I haven’t given up. And you cannot give up.”
It is an honor to have been commissioned by Magnolia Pictures to make a pennant with the words Freedom Rider John Lewis chose to lead & live by in celebration of the premier of the documentary about his life “John Lewis: Good Trouble”
Because each piece is made by hand, production time is extended.
made from 100% 10oz cotton canvas
machine stitched seaming on all sides with corresponding thread
letters are black cut felt, affixed with heat
hang string is cotton black bias tape with hand knotted loops on a hard wood hang stick.
pennant measures 12.5 inches X 17 inches not including hang string