Rep. John Lewis’s casket crosses Edmund Pettus Bridge from Selma to Montgomery


New York Interview, June 8, 2020

“We must never ever give up, or give in or throw in the towel. We must continue to press on! And be prepared to do what we can to help educate people, to motivate people, to inspire people to stay engaged, to stay involved and to not lose their sense of hope. We must continue to say we’re one people. We’re one family. We all live in the same house. Not just an American house but the world house. As Dr. King said over and over again, ‘We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters. If not, we will perish as fools.’”

Rep. John Lewis will be carried from Selma to Montgomery across Edmund Pettus Bridge on July 26, in a procession entitled “Good Trouble.” Alabama state officials will receive Lewis’s casket at the Capitol in Montgomery, where he will lie in state for the rest of the day. March 7, 1965, became known as Bloody Sunday, when Lewis led 600 people to the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Police beat peaceful protesters with clubs and tear gas. Lewis, his skull fractured, went to the hospital along with 77 others. Bloody Sunday pricked the national psyche deeply. A second march across the bridge two days later was led by Martin Luther King Jr., and included hundreds of participants. Lewis revisited the bridge on anniversaries of Bloody Sunday, often accompanied by political leaders of both parties. Lewis died on July 17 at the age of 80. The civil rights leader spent his lifetime preaching nonviolence while enduring beatings and jailings during seminal front-line confrontations of the 1960s. He spent more than three decades in Congress defending the crucial gains he had helped achieve for people of color. Read more: Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube: Follow us: Twitter: Instagram:… Facebook:

Rep. John Lewis Casket Arrival & Memorial Service at U.S. Capitol

Congressional lawmakers attend a memorial service as the casket of Representative John Lewis (D-GA) arrives at the U.S. Capitol. Following the service, the casket will move outside the East Front stairs to lie-in-state.


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