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Congressman John Lewis’ Passing Leaves Void in Bridge Crossing Jubilee

From the West Alabama newsroom– Congressman John Lewis was a fixture at the annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma. He used his influence — to support the effort to commemorate Bloody Sunday — and the Selma to Montgomery marches. Lewis rarely missed an opportunity to attend the Jubilee over the years. His iconic stature helped grow the event into one…

Body of Rep. John Lewis Makes Final Journey Across the Edmund Pettus Bridge

  This morning, a caisson bearing the body of Rep. John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, as people in the city said goodbye to the civil rights icon who helped change the course of the nation. Today’s journey began at the historic Brown Chapel AME Church, where many events of the civil rights movement of the 1960s…

Complete Coverage of the Life of Rep. John Lewis from Alabama News Network

Alabama News Network is covering the life and work of Rep. John Lewis. He died Friday, July 17 at the age of 80. His service is being remembered across Alabama.  Here is a complete look at recent stories we have on him. We will be adding to this list in the coming days:   EVENTS: List of local events to…

People in Selma Remember Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

From the West Alabama newsroom– People in Selma are remembering the life and legacy of civil rights icon and Alabama native — John Lewis. Flags are flying at half staff around the city — in honor of Congressman John Lewis. Lewis died Friday after a seven month battle with pancreatic cancer. “The world has lost a great, not just an…

Sister of John Lewis Speaks to Alabama News Network about His Death

Alabama News Network has spoken to Rosa Tyner, the youngest sister of U.S.  Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia), who died Friday at the age of 80. Lewis, who was a native of Troy, was severely beaten on Bloody Sunday in Selma in 1965 and leaves a legacy of fighting for civil rights. “I prayed to God for him to spare him,…

Bloody Sunday in Selma Shaped the Life of Rep. John Lewis

John Lewis of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee is put on the ground by Alabama State troopers while Hosea Williams runs as state troopers break up civil rights voting march at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Alabama. (AP Photo) John Lewis saw the line of Alabama state troopers a few hundred yards away as he led hundreds of marchers to…

Selma to Montgomery March Re-enactment

The Selma to Montgomery March was a turning point in the fight for civil rights. On March 7th 1965, a group of 600 people began the march from Selma to Montgomery. Marchers were protesting voter discrimination against black citizens. The peaceful protesters were met by attack dogs, fire hoses, and police batons on the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma. Images…

Amy Klobuchar Is Ending Her Presidential Campaign, Will Endorse Biden

Sen. Amy Klobuchar in Selma on Sunday, Feb. 29, 2020 – (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) is ending her Democratic presidential campaign and is set to endorse Joe Biden. Her campaign says she is flying to Dallas and plans to join Biden at his rally Monday night. The Minnesota senator is the third presidential candidate to drop out…

Thousands Attend Bridge Crossing Jubilee Finale in Selma

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Thousands of people marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma Sunday — at the annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee. The Sunday line up events at the Bridge Crossing Jubilee — are the high point — of the annual four-day celebration. The day started with the Martin and Coretta King Unity Breakfast. Followed by worship services…

Bridge Crossing Jubilee: Complete Schedule

The 55th Annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee is underway in Selma. This annual event remembers Bloody Sunday and celebrates civil rights history. Bloody Sunday happened on March 7, 1965. That’s when hundreds of people marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma to call for equal voting rights. They were met by dozens of Alabama State Troopers who beat them. That…