John Lewis Commemorates Selma 50th Anniversary With First-Hand Account On Twitter

On March 7, 1965, a peaceful protest turned into a violent confrontation with police on the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Alabama. Then a young man, Congressman John Lewis was among those who sought to march from Selma to Montgomery in the name of voting rights for African-Americans. Leading the demonstration alongside Reverend Hosea Williams, Lewis, along with an estimate of 600 other protesters, were attacked by officers in a showdown that would later be called “Bloody Sunday.”

On the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” – which would serve as a precursor to the march led by Dr. Martin Luther King to Montgomery – Lewis took to Twitter to give a detailed, first-hand account of that fateful day. Complete with black-and-white images, his vivid account ended with a photo of he and President Obama, as he remarked that the nation had come a long way.

“When people tell me nothing has changed, I say come walk in my shoes and I will show you change,” he wrote.

Read John Lewis’ account of the “Bloody Sunday” march below: