Rep. John Lewis recalls ‘skull fracture,’ shares memories of Selma on 52nd anniversary

Fifty-two years ago, Georgia Rep. John Lewis stood beside Hosea Williams of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in the historic Selma to Montgomery marches.

» RELATED: Walking the Edmund Pettus Bridge with John Lewis

To commemorate the 52nd anniversary of the “highest point” in the civil rights movement,” the Georgia Democrat shared a string of tweets with photos and personal anecdotes from the March 7, 1965 march.

» RELATED: 12 times Rep. John Lewis broke the internet in 2016

Recommended for you

Recommended for you

Recommended for you

Most read

  1. 1 Americans binge 17 billion drinks a year, CDC estimates
  2. 2 Report: The salary you need to be in top 50 percent of Atlanta earners
  3. 3 Erick Erickson re-ups three more years with WSB | Radio and TV Talk

Using the hashtag #Selma52, Lewis chronicled the moment he was hit in the head by a state trooper with a nightstick and eventually spent three days in the hospital for a skull fracture. “I thought I saw death. I thought I was going to die,” Lewis wrote.

» RELATED: Fifty years later, John Lewis revisits Selma

Read the rest of the #Selma52 series below:

RELATED VIDEO: John Lewis revisits Selma 50 years later

It was 50 years ago when a young John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. Lewis talks with AJC about that historic day and how it changed the Civil Rights movement. (Video by Ryon Horne/AJC)

More from AJC