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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

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John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge one final time , 55 years after the civil rights icon marched for peace and was met with brutality in Selma Alabama state Rep. Prince Chestnut, whose legislative district includes Selma , said it would be inappropriate to rename the bridge for Lewis alone.

The Edmund Pettus Bridge became a landmark when Mr Lewis and other civil rights marchers Mr Lewis returned to Selma each March in commemoration. Sunday found him crossing alone As the wagon approached the bridge , members of the crowd shouted “ Thank you , John Lewis !” and “Good

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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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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John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Sunday in Selma , Alabama, one last time during an event called "The Final Crossing " as part of the "On March 7, 1965, Lewis — then just 25 years old — led hundreds of other civil rights advocates in what was supposed to be a peaceful march for

John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge one final time , 55 years after the civil rights icon marched for peace and was met with brutality in Selma As the horse-drawn caisson approached the bridge , the crowds on the sidewalk could be heard singing for Lewis . In an emotional moment, the

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.

Mr Lewis died aged 80, several months after he was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer.

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The body of the late US civil rights icon John Lewis has been carried over Selma 's historic Edmund Pettus Bridge for a final time . On 7 March 1965, known as "Bloody Sunday", Lewis and other peaceful protesters were attacked by Alabama police officers as they marched over the bridge .

John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma for the final time as a horse-drawn carriage carried his body through the same path he took over a century ago while fighting for voting rights .

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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