WASHINGTON(AP)_ Georgia Representative John Lewis changed the law with his first civil rights march across Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. Next month he'll stage his seventh march, and he'll try to change the lawmakers.
The Democrat says he expects a record congressional turnout for this year's trip to three Alabama cities that were pivotal in the 1960s struggle for civil rights. So far, 65 members of the U.S. House and eleven senators have joined him on pilgrimages sponsored by the Faith and Politics Institute.
The trip will be held March 4th to the 6th. It marks the 40th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" march, when Lewis was nearly beaten to death. The brutality helped stir awareness and the Voting Rights Act was passed five months later.
Lewis says the march will help educate his colleagues and the nation about the progress Americans have made toward "laying down the burden of race."