Lewis is perhaps best known for his role during his college days as a freedom fighter for civil rights. He was among the organizers who marched in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery on March 7, 1965 to bring an end to Jim Crow era voting registration policies. The event, later called Bloody Sunday, resulted in Lewis as well as many others being beaten before making the 54-mile trek to the state capital.
On Aug. 6, 1965 the Voting Rights Act went into effect.
Lewis went on to represent Georgia's 5th congressional district, serving since 1987.
The Atlanta march begins at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights with the actual march beginning at noon. It will end at Liberty Plaza.
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