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John Lewis Lives Music Video - Ruben Stoddard

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A tribute to civil rights icon John Lewis. “John Lewis Lives Feat. Ruben Studdard “ is a song by Alan Scott, sung by American Idol winner and gospel artist Ruben Studdard. Film by Lenny Bass. Music Producer Mark Williams. Choreography by Tracie Jiggetts. Appearances by Women of Praise. Director of Photography Aaron Tucker. Assistant Camera Othello Banaci. Produced by Grand Large.

The song, written by Alan Scott, is a tribute to the life and legacy of John Lewis. Alan Scott says in explaining the inspiration behind the song, “ I feel like John Lewis fought for me to have a better life. I was just 5 days old when John Lewis marched past our DC apartment. My Mom held me in her arms as she watched. All of my life John Lewis has fought for me and people like me. This is my way of saying his legacy and example lives on wherever people fight for justice. I never had the opportunity to meet him personally and say thank you for making my life better .”

Ruben says in remembering John Lewis, “ John Lewis meant a lot of different things to me, but the one thing that he meant to me the most was his courage in the face of imminent danger-his willingness to sacrifice for equality and for humanity. I am so thankful that John Lewis is from my home state. It fills me with pride to know that John Lewis fought for me- and made sure that I was able to have all of the rights and privileges that I am so thankful to have right now. John Lewis changed this country by being steadfast and unmovable. He was a constant force for change. John Lewis continued to put himself on the line so that others could have a better life and situation. There are so many examples of that, you know, from Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, but John Lewis is definitely in the lineage of those giants in United States history.

I am so thankful I was able to be a part of several of the commemorations on the March at Selma, and having had the opportunity to meet him there was such a blessing.”

The song was produced by Mark Williams and Alan Scott and features Ruben Studdard, Alan Scott and Adara (Vocals), Brian Delaney (Drums), Mike Echols( Bass) Daniel Clarke ( Organ), Alan Scott and Mark Williams (Guitars). The song recently won the grand prize in the first annual 2021 Columbia Festival of the Arts “Songs of Strength” competition.



  • Year
  • Runtime
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Producer
    Grand Large, Mark Williams and Alan Scott
  • Filmmaker
    Lenny Bass
  • Cast
    Ruben Stoddard
  • Cinematographer
    Aaron Tucker
  • Composer
    Alan Scott