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World 'Thank you, sir': Civil rights hero John Lewis crosses Selma bridge for final time

00:27  27 july  2020
00:27  27 july  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

US Civil rights activist and Democratic congressman, John Lewis, dies aged 80

  US Civil rights activist and Democratic congressman, John Lewis, dies aged 80 US civil rights activist and former Democratic congressman, John Lewis, has died at the age of 80. Mr Lewis was known as one of the "Big Six" civil rights activists - along with Martin Luther King - and helped organise the ground-breaking march on Washington in 1963. © Provided by Sky News Australia John Lewis became a congressman and had served for decades while continuing to fight for equality.

Body of US rights icon Lewis crosses Selma bridge Jump to media player The late civil rights activist is taken over the Edmund Pettus Bridge for Lewis , who died aged 80 on 17 July, will be laid to rest in a private ceremony in Atlanta on Thursday. Most watched. Why you can trust BBC News.

John Lewis has crossed Selma 's Edmund Pettus Bridge for the final time as remembrances He died on July 18 of pancreatic cancer aged 80. He was one of the "Big Six" civil rights leaders, which As the wagon approached the bridge , members of the crowd shouted “ Thank you , John Lewis !" and

US congressman John Lewis has made his final journey across a historic bridge central to the civil rights movement.

a man riding a horse drawn carriage: The casket of John Lewis is carried over the Edmund Pettus Bridge © Getty The casket of John Lewis is carried over the Edmund Pettus Bridge

The casket of the late Mr Lewis, who died on 17 July, was taken across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on Sunday in a horse-drawn carriage draped with an American flag.

Crowds gathered to watch the casket go over the bridge, 55 years after Mr Lewis and other civil rights marchers were beaten there on what became known as Bloody Sunday.

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Casket retraces 1965 Bloody Sunday civil rights march before congressman lies in state at Alabama and US capitols.

John Lewis will cross Selma ’s Edmund Pettus Bridge for the final time on Sunday as remembrances continue for the civil rights hero . His coffin will be carried in a procession across the Selma bridge where he and other civil rights marchers were beaten 55 years ago on “Bloody Sunday”, a key event

a man riding a horse drawn carriage: Crowds of people gathered in Selma to pay their respects to the hero © Getty Crowds of people gathered in Selma to pay their respects to the hero

Footage from the procession showed people cheering, clapping and shouting "thank you, sir", and red rose petals were also strewn across the bridge as part of the proceedings.

John Lewis wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: John Lewis was one of the Big Six leaders who organised the march © Getty John Lewis was one of the Big Six leaders who organised the march

On 7 March 1965, non-violent demonstrators calling for equal voting rights for black Americans marched across the bridge.

But they were met by Alabama state troopers, at the direction of segregationist Alabama Governor George Wallace, and beaten brutally.

Mr Lewis was attacked so badly during the incident that his scars were visible decades later.

But the activists refused to be prevented from campaigning for their rights, and successfully walked across the bridge two weeks later on 21 March.

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Lewis and other civil rights marchers were beaten there 55 years ago on 'Bloody Sunday', a key event in the fight for voting rights for Black Americans [ John The late United States Representative John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma , Alabama, for the final time on Sunday as

Civil rights icon John Lewis ' body is being carried across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma , Alabama, on Sunday. It's the bridge that he crossed Lewis will lie in repose in the Alabama Capitol on Sunday afternoon. His body will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol next week before a private funeral at

The brutality of Bloody Sunday inspired President Lyndon Johnson to demand Congress approve legislation removing barriers to votes for black Americans, and lawmakers passed the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The bridge was made a US national landmark in 2013.

Sunday's procession is one of a series of events to be held in memory of Mr Lewis, who was the last surviving member of the so-called Big Six leaders who organised the march.

The first memorial event was on Saturday in Mr Lewis's hometown of Troy, Alabama.

His body will lie in state at the US capital next week before his private funeral on Thursday at Atlanta's historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, which was previously led by Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.

Crowds salute body of civil rights icon John Lewis
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Mr Lewis died aged 80, several months after he was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer.

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SELMA , Ala. (Reuters) - The body of civil rights icon John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Sunday, decades after his "Bloody Sunday" beating there drew a national spotlight to the struggle for racial equality. A military honor guard carried his American flag-draped casket from Brown Chapel

John has left the mortal trappings of time --. - --said no, we're going to march. Oh, you 're right . Watch live: John Lewis crosses Selma bridge a final time . CBS News. John Lewis 's body to cross Edmund Pettus Bridge . Civil rights hero John Lewis to be remembered at site of Bloody Sunday.

Born in 1950, he was a sharecropper's son and went on to play an important role in campaigning against segregation and racial biogtry.

Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr, he was a fiercely determined champion of non-violent protests.

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Mr Lewis turned to politics in 1981, when he was elected to the Atlanta City Council.

He won his seat in Congress in 1986 and spent much of his career in the minority.

After the Democrats won control of the House in 2006, Lewis became his party's senior deputy whip, a behind-the-scenes leadership post in which he helped keep the party unified.

He remained in his position in the House until his death, which was met by tributes from leading Democrats including former president Barack Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Ms Pelosi hailed him as "one of the greatest heroes of American history", while Mr Obama said Mr Lewis "gave all of himself to the cause of freedom and justice (and) inspired generations that followed to try to live up to his example".

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