John Lewis led over 600 peaceful, orderly protestors across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965. They intended to march from Selma to Montgomery to demonstrate the need for voting rights in the state. The marchers were attacked by Alabama state troopers in a brutal confrontation that became known as "Bloody Sunday” which was televised around the world. Martin Luther King called for civil rights supporters to come to Selma for a second march.
President Obama and the First Family joined Congressman Lewis and thousands of Americans in Selma, Alabama to honor the sacrifice and bravery of the men and women who bled there in 1965 in support of voting rights for all African Americans.