John Lewis' legacy shaped in 1965 on 'Bloody Sunday'

Jul 18, 2020

 

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — On the day that became known as Bloody Sunday, John Lewis and a line of nonviolent marchers were beaten and tear-gassed by Alabama state troopers in Selma. 

The state-sanctioned violence at the Edmund Pettus Bridge stunned the nation and helped spur the passage of the federal Voting Rights Act. It also propelled Lewis on to a global stage as a hero of the U.S. civil rights movement.

He would go on to win election to the U.S. House, where he was widely acknowledged as the conscience of Congress.