Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) was in Selma, Alabama, this week to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” when civil rights activists marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in a display of registering voters. The nation watched on television as John Lewis and the other demonstrators were viciously beaten by Alabama State Troopers with clubs and tear gas.
Ten-year-old Tybre Faw drove with his grandmother for seven hours from Tennessee to Alabama with the hopes of meeting his icon. Rep. Lewis spotted the young man as he was leaving the event and stopped to speak with him. Faw’s sign caught Lewis’ eye. It read:
Thank you Rep. John Lewis
You have shown me how to have courage
Selma was the turning point
It was a magical moment as the legendary civil rights activist met with a budding activist. WATCH:
Tybre Faw traveled 7 hours to see his hero, Rep. John Lewis, who was in Selma, Alabama, to commemorate the anniversary of Bloody Sunday. The boy became emotional when they met, and Lewis invited him to march with him toward the Edmund Pettus Bridge https://t.co/X5mh4V6pMz pic.twitter.com/UEQ4gAoZsT
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With the nonstop flow of negative news from this administration, it’s wonderful to see and appreciate moments like these. It’s hopeful to see young people like Tybre Faw, a potential future civil rights legend in the making.