Amy Goodman

'I Felt Like I Was Going to Die:' Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Recalls 1965 'Bloody Sunday' in Selma

2020-07-20T16:11:57-07:00

As the United States mourns the loss of civil rights icon and 17-term Democratic Congressmember John Lewis, "Democracy Now!" features his 2012 in-studio interview, when he tears up remembering the historic 1965 Selma to Montgomery march he helped lead in 1965 as a 25-year-old man, when he was almost beaten to death by police in what came to be called "Bloody Sunday" and helped push the country toward adopting the Voting Rights Act. "They came toward us, beating us with nightsticks and bullwhips, trampling us with horses," he told "Democracy Now!" "All these many years later, I don’t recall how I made it back across that bridge to the church."

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