Read John Lewis’ Powerful Twitter Thread About Selma’s ‘Bloody Sunday’


March 7, 2017

Today in 1965, congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis helped lead the first attempted Selma to Montgomery March, where approximately 600 activists set out to march for voting rights. However, they were stopped on the Edmund Pettus Bridge after traveling just six blocks. There, while the nation was watching, they were beat and attacked by police officers and locals; forcing them back into Selma and making it what we now know as “Bloody Sunday.” Despite the demonstrators being subjected to an unprovoked attack by state troopers, two marches led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. followed. The second was a symbolic march to show resilience and commitment, and the third and final march, thousands of demonstrators finally reached the steps of the Alabama State Capitol. Read John Lewis’ powerful reflection on the first march that helped pave the way for the Voting Rights Act of 1965.   

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