Bloody Sunday memorial to honor late civil rights giants

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FILE – In this July 26, 2020 file photo, the casket of Rep. John Lewis moves over the Edmund Pettus Bridge by horse drawn carriage during a memorial service for Lewis, in Selma, Ala. Lewis, who carried the struggle against racial discrimination from Southern battlegrounds of the 1960s to the halls of Congress, died Friday, July 17, 2020. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — This year’s commemoration of a pivotal moment in the fight for voting rights for African Americans will honor four giants of the civil rights movement who lost their lives in 2020, including the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis. Organizers announced plans for the commemoration on Monday.

Rev. Joseph Lowery, C.T. Vivian, attorney Bruce Boynton and Lewis will be honored during the 56th annual commemoration of Bloody Sunday, the day in 1965 that civil rights marchers were brutally beaten on Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge.

The four will be honored on March 7 during a “drive-in” unity breakfast in Selma. A “slow drive” across the bridge will replace the annual march across the bridge.

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