SELMA, Ala. — Fifty years after being beaten by police on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, U.S. Rep. John Lewis told a crowd gathered there to build on the legacy of the civil rights movement and to stand up for what they believe in.
Lewis, who worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr., spoke to the crowd of thousands gathered in Selma, Ala., this weekend for the 50th anniversary commemoration of "Bloody Sunday."
Lewis said he and others returned to the bridge to be renewed, inspired and reminded of the need to work toward justice and equality.
He also told the powerful story of Bloody Sunday through his own eyes on Twitter:
50 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)
About 600 of us left Brown Chapel AME to walk in an orderly, peaceful, nonviolent fashion. #Selma50— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis)
When we came within hearing distance, a trooper identified himself and said, "I'm Major John Cloud of the Alabama State Troopers" #Selma50— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis)
The man walking beside me - co-leader of the march Hosea Williams - said "Major, give us a moment to kneel and pray." pic.twitter.com/3fvecGNnq3— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis)