People in Alabama and others across our nation watched media coverage of the beginning of multiple celebrations of the late Congressman John E. Lewis’s life. The casket of the Civil Rights Movement patriarch was carried by funeral caisson across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selman, AL.
In 1965, Lewis and a parade of others were beaten and bloodied as they peacefully marched protesting for African Americans to have the right to vote. That day became known as “Bloody Sunday.” This Sunday, 55 years later, red rose petals were scattered across the Bridge as crowd saluted the legendary colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In a reflection on Congressman Lewis’s life and legacy, Dr. Nathaniel Perez, director of the Nyack College Center for Racial Reconciliation recalled the powerful and challenging words that ring true to people of every race, creed and color today: “If you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to do something about it.”