Rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge after Rep. John Lewis
The petition to Alabama Governor Kay Ivey reads:
“Rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge after Rep. John Lewis.”
We lost a giant last week.
Civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis died Friday night at the age 80. All of us owe Lewis a debt of gratitude for the leadership, wisdom and persistence he displayed throughout his life.
On March 7, 1965 – a day that became known as Bloody Sunday – Lewis helped lead 600 marchers over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. As they crossed the bridge, Lewis was brutally beaten by Alabama State Troopers, suffering a fractured skull.
To this day, the bridge remains named after Edmund Pettus, a pro-slavery politician who was active in the KKK. That's not right. Will you add your name to our petition calling on Alabama Governor Kay Ivey to rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge after civil rights hero John Lewis?
Sign the petition: Rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge after Rep. John Lewis.
For more than 30 years, Lewis served in the U.S. House of Representatives. During that time he stayed true to his values and continued fighting with every tool at his disposal for civil rights and justice.
As New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie wrote on Twitter Friday night, “to the extent that this country is a democracy, it took people like John Lewis to make it one. Rest in peace, rest in power.”
Renaming the bridge after Rep. John Lewis won’t bring him back to life. And it won’t erase the horrific violence Lewis and other civil rights leaders faced. But it’s an important symbolic action Governor Ivey can take now to help honor the legacy of an American hero who was never afraid to get in good necessary trouble to fight for his values.
Add your name to the petition: Rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge after Rep. John Lewis.