Congressman John Lewis

Bloody Sunday Memorial Honors Late Civil Rights Giants

(AP Photo/Kevin Glackmeyer, File) SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Activists who gathered virtually and in-person to commemorate a pivotal day in the civil rights struggle that became known as Bloody Sunday have called on people to continue the fight for voting rights. They also honored giants of the civil rights movement who died last year. They are Congressman John Lewis, the…

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell Remembers Bloody Sunday

Photo of the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) and U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Alabama) on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma – Photo from Office of U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-Alabama) is remembering Bloody Sunday, which took place in Selma on March 7, 1965. She has released this statement: “Today, we commemorate the 56th Anniversary of…

SPLC Unveils New Mural by Local Artist and Activist

The John Lewis Voting Rights Mural that was unveiled on Friday, Sept. 25. The mural was commissioned by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and painted by local artist and activist, Michelle Browder along with two of her students. The mural depicts the ongoing voting rights movement and honors the late Congressman John Lewis, and the late U.S Supreme Court…

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…

Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Makes Final Bridge Crossing in Selma

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Hundreds of people flocked to Selma to watch Congressman John Lewis make his final journey across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Shouts of “Thank you” — “Farewell” — and “Good trouble” erupted from the crowd — as the horse drawn carriage carrying Lewis’ body — made its way onto the bridge. “It was really important to…

Historic Brown Chapel Church Hosts Services Honoring John Lewis

From the West Alabama Newsroom– People in Selma paid tribute to the life and legacy of Civil Rights icon — Congressman John Lewis. A private ceremony was held at the historic Brown Chapel AME Church. Selma native Congresswoman Terri Sewell shared her admiration for her colleague and mentor during the ceremony. “Can’t you hear him. We come to Selma one…

Vigil Honoring Congressman John Lewis Sunday in Montgomery

Montgomery Mayor Steven L. Reed will host a vigil to honor the life and legacy of American icon and civil rights hero, Congressman John Lewis, on Sunday, July 26 at 7 p.m. It will take place at Bicentennial Park, located at the corner of S. Bainbridge Street and Dexter Avenue. Mayor Reed and community leaders ask the public to join…

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…