Civil rights hero the late Rep. John Lewis crossed Edmund Pettus Bridge—which some activists need to rename in his honor—for the final time this Sunday, many years after the advocate and activist was met with violence from Alabama state troopers whereas trying to peacefully march from Selma to Montgomery, now often known as Bloody Sunday. Lewis was simply 25-years-old that day, when he and about 600 different activists had been marching for voting rights. “I actually consider to at the present time that I noticed loss of life,” Lewis mentioned to NPR of the incident years later, recalling, “I used to be hit within the head by a state trooper with a nightstick.” He survived and went on to turn out to be a nationwide identify, inspiration, and progressive leader. This July, at age 80, he died a number of months after being diagnosed with a sophisticated stage of pancreatic most cancers.
Immediately, a horse-drawn caisson introduced Lewis’s physique throughout the bridge one last time. On the finish of the bridge, household, in addition to observers, waited to have a good time and honor his legacy. Movies and pictures of the emotional memorial are rapidly going viral on social media, as are individuals’s private tales about how a lot Lewis meant to them. Central to the whole lot? His unimaginable legacy for voting rights—and the reminder that voter suppression and disenfranchisement are actual, ongoing points throughout the nation.