Rep. John Lewis asks crowd in Selma to build on legacy

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U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., speaks before President Barack Obama near the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Selma, Ala. This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,’ a civil rights march in which protestors were beaten, trampled and tear-gassed by police at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, in Selma. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

SELMA, Ala. (AP) – Fifty years after being beaten by police on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, U.S. Rep. John Lewis told a crowd gathered there to build on the legacy of the civil rights movement and to stand up for what they believe in.

Thousands are gathered in Selma, Alabama, for the 50th anniversary commemoration of “Bloody Sunday,” when peaceful demonstrators were attacked by law enforcement during a march to Montgomery to press for equal voting rights. Lewis delivered remarks before introducing President Barack Obama.

Lewis represents part of Atlanta in the U.S. House of Representatives but is an Alabama native who worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr.

Lewis said he and others returned to the bridge to be renewed, inspired and reminded of the need to work toward justice and equality.

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