The attached picture is Selma bridge in Alabama. Its purpose it to show the focus of the article in which John Lewis funeral procession crossed that bridge.

Civil rights icon and US. Representative, John Lewis, crossed the famous bridge in Selma, Alabama for the last time.

It was the same bridge where he sustained a fractured skull about 55 years ago, said a CNN report.

It was on that bridge that Lewis, along with other marchers, were met by heavily armed state and local police.

The officers attacked them with clubs.

Lewis was 25 years old then.

The deceased Congressman’s body traveled on a horse-drawn caisson through several blocks in Selma until it reached the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

This was short after the ceremony outside of Brown Chapel AME Church on Sunday.

The Aftermath

The aftermath of this violent act is the watershed moment that led to the enactment of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

It was President Lyndon B. Johnson who signed the law.

The law aimed to overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented African Americans from voting.

The law was set in stone in the the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 

This was by declaring that the “right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”

Renewed Call

There were renewed calls to rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge in honor of the congressman.

According to the report, there was a petition with more than 500,000 signatures for this purpose.

The bridge’s namesake, Edmund Pettus, was a Confederate general.

Moreover, he was the leader of the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama.

Furthermore, the week after his death, Democratic lawmakers moved to pass legislation that would expand voting rights in honor of Lewis’ legacy.

They specifically called on President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, on this matter.

Lewis served as the US. representative for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District for more than three decades.

He was also a critic of the president. 

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