"Still Work to Be Done": Rep. John Lewis Returns to Selma 50 Years After He Was Beaten Unconscious

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John-lewis-selma50John Lewis was a young organizer with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee when he marched with 600 others across the Edmund Pettus Bridge 50 years ago. On Saturday, he returned to Alabama as a Democratic congressman from Georgia to introduce President Obama during the ceremonies commemorating Bloody Sunday, when Lewis and other voting rights activists were beaten by Alabama state troopers. "On that day, 600 people marched into history," Lewis recalls. "Some of us were left bloody ... but we never became bitter." Looking forward, Lewis notes, "Our country will never, ever be the same after what happened on this bridge," but adds, "there’s still work left to be done."