John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero To Honor The Life And Legacy Of A Civil Rights Icon

Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Gayle King, and Brad Pitt host the special on Tuesday, Aug. 4 on CBS and CBS All Access.
Posted on Jul 31, 2020 | 05:30am
John Lewis didn't just aspire to "good trouble," he got into it. He relentlessly pushed our nation on a path toward justice, no matter how daunting the obstacles he would encounter.

That enduring legacy will be honored in a one-hour primetime special, John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero, on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access. It's a journey into Lewis' remarkable life, his work, and the principles that guided him: wisdom, courage, power, faith, and inspiration.

Hosted by Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Gayle King, and Brad Pitt, the special will feature unique pairings and performances by Yolanda Adams, Jon Batiste, Common, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Trevor Noah, Billy Porter, and Wynonna.

"This is a celebration of the 'boy from Troy,'" reflected Perry. "A forefather of the civil rights movement, who would live to see his contributions for equality result in witnessing the swearing in of the first Black United States president."

A civil rights icon, Lewis helped organize the 1963 march on Washington, D.C., and served in Congress for decades. He passed away on July 17 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Lewis was 80.

"John Lewis was an extraordinary man," said Winfrey of his contributions. "A man of great vision who lived a life with the purpose of making sure America lived out its ideals."

The special will combine music performances, newsmaker interviews, inspirational conversations, and powerful reporting to paint a picture of a life that changed the country.

With the help of CBS News' deep archive and new interviews, John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero will explore Lewis' life before the civil rights movement, his work alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his efforts to fight against bullies and bigots, his unmatched work in Congress, and his devotion to faith.

"His commitment to the cause was unwavering, his sacrifices immeasurable," said King. "And he should forever be remembered in the 'pantheon of patriots.'"

Join us for John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access. The special will also be telecast at a later date on ViacomCBS brands BET, MTV, and Smithsonian Channel, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.