“Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and redeem the soul of America.” John Robert Lewis made this statement on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on March 1, 2020 commemorating the tragic events of Bloody Sunday.Bloody Sunday occurred on March 7, 1965 as civil rights marchers, including Lewis, were beaten by law enforcement officers after crossing the bridge.
At the time of his death on July 17, 2020, Lewis was the last surviving member of the Big Six leaders of groups who organized the 1963 March on Washington. He fulfilled many key roles in the civil rights movement and its actions to end legalized racial segregation in the United States. Throughout his career, focused on civil rights and politics, Lewis received many honorary degrees and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
You can learn more about Congressman John R. Lewis and his contributions to civil rights here.
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