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Read John Lewis' Powerful Twitter Thread About Selma's 'Bloody Sunday'
March 07, 2017 · BOTWC Staff
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.
52 yrs ago today, we set out to march from Selma to Montgomery to dramatize to the nation that people of color were denied the right to vote— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) March 7, 2017
About 600 of us left Brown Chapel to march in a peaceful, orderly, nonviolent fashion. #Selma52— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) March 7, 2017
"I'll give you three minutes to disperse and return to your homes or to your church." #Selma52— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) March 7, 2017
The Major paused for a minute and then he said, "Troopers advance!" pic.twitter.com/RuDrxk0ryH— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) March 7, 2017
Our march continues. There is great work still to be done. Dedicate yourself to nonviolent social change, and we shall overcome. #Selma52— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) March 7, 2017