Selma, Alabama - now congressman John Lewis crossing the Edmund Petts Bridge.

Selma, Alabama - now congressman John Lewis crossing the Edmund Petts Bridge.

President Barack Obama presents a 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Rep John Lewis. "Hate is a heavy burden to carry" - Congressman John Lewis

President Barack Obama presents a 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Rep John Lewis. "Hate is a heavy burden to carry" - Congressman John Lewis

Jon Lewis was 23 when he was selected to be a featured speaker at the March on Washington. He was arrested scores of times during the civil rights movement and was badly beaten during a 1961 freedom ride protesting the segregation of interstate buses and at a 1965 march in Selma, Ala. Both events would prove to be turning points in the struggle for racial equality

Jon Lewis was 23 when he was selected to be a featured speaker at the March on Washington. He was arrested scores of times during the civil rights movement and was badly beaten during a 1961 freedom ride protesting the segregation of interstate buses and at a 1965 march in Selma, Ala. Both events would prove to be turning points in the struggle for racial equality

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