John Lewis, one of the towering figures in American history, will be remembered in two Sunday-morning reruns on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Lewis died Friday at 80, after a six-month struggle with cancer. The son of Alabama sharecroppers, he played a key role in the civil-rights movements, from Selma (he’s shown here revisiting the site) to the March on Washington, where he was a keynote speaker at 23. He was a congressman from Georgia for more than 30 years.
The specials will be at 11 a.m. on the next two Sundays (July 19 and 26); they are:
– July 19: “Oprah’s Master Class.” Lewis discussed his activism, his friendship with Martin Luther King and the ongoing struggles.
– July 26: “Legends Who Paved the Way.” Winfrey hosted a gala that included Lewis, Andrew Young, Diane Nash, Jesse Jackson, Julian Bond and the Rev. C.T. Vance (who also died Friday, at 95). She also honored several show-business people, including Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafote, Quincy Jones, Dick Gregory and Motown founder Berry Gordy.