Charles Moore (1931-2010), [Andrew Young leading people, including John Lewis and Hosea Williams, in prayer, before the Selma to Montgomery march, Alabama], 1965 (169.1991)
On Sunday morning, March 7, 1965, a march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery began at the Brown Chapel AME Church. The march, along U.S. Route 80, was led by Hosea William of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and John Lewis of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). After crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge, six blocks from the Brown Chapel AME Church and above the Alabama River, the Alabama State Troopers beat (“…us with nightsticks, bullwhips, trampling us with horses, releasing the teargas” John Lewis) the nonviolent marchers. In August 1965 the Voting Rights Act, prohibiting racial discrimination, was signed.
A few years ago Congressman John Lewis tweeted the above photo by Charles Moore and the text: “During another period, we knelt. There is nothing wrong with kneeling down to stand up against injustice. It’s protected by the Constitution.”
To commemorate the 52nd anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” John Lewis tweeted:
To commemorate the 55th anniversary, today, of “Bloody Sunday” John Lewis tweeted:
55 years ago today, we were beaten, tear gassed, and trampled by horses. I thought I saw death. I thought I was going to die. I don't know how I made it back, but I know we cannot rest. We cannot become weary. We must keep pushing and pulling and find a way to get in the way. pic.twitter.com/gg6n1CyJls
— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) March 7, 2020