Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Gayle King and Brad Pitt will co-host a one-hour primetime particular honoring the late civil rights chief John Lewis.
John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero airs at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, on CBS. The particular additionally shall be telecast at a later date on ViacomCBS manufacturers BET, MTV and Smithsonian, in addition to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Community. The particular will characteristic musical performances, newsmaker interviews and conversations.
Lewis, a civil rights icon who helped arrange the 1963 march on Washington, D.C., and served in Congress for many years, died July 17 after a battle with pancreatic most cancers at age 80.
The particular will study Lewis’ life, his work and the ideas that guided him. It should characteristic performances by Yolanda Adams, Jon Batiste, Widespread, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Trevor Noah, Billy Porter and Wynonna.
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“John Lewis was a rare man,” mentioned Winfrey. “A person of nice imaginative and prescient who lived a life with the aim of constructing certain America lived out its beliefs.”
Added Perry: “It is a celebration of the ‘boy from Troy’ — a forefather of the civil rights motion, who would stay to see his contributions for equality end in witnessing the swearing in of the primary Black United States president.”
Stated King: “His dedication to the trigger was unwavering, his sacrifices immeasurable. And he ought to eternally be remembered within the ‘pantheon of patriots.’”
Stated Susan Zirinsky, president and senior govt producer of CBS Information: “Congressman Lewis was one of the distinguished and forceful voices for change on this nation. Shedding that voice now could be so tough because the nation confronts structural racism. However John Lewis gave us the desire and the best way to proceed his work. This particular reminds us the journey is not going to be simple, and there’s no turning again.”
John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero is produced by Jesse Collins Leisure in affiliation with CBS Information. Jesse Collins, Dionne Harmon, Winfrey, Perry, Susan Zirinsky, Jack Sussman and Kim Godwin are govt producers. For CBS Information, Alvin Patrick, Judy Tygard and Mitch Weitzner are govt producers.