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John Lewis
50 years after Selma
50 years after Selma

Every once in a while, a historic event occurs that eloquently meets the needs of a contemporary national trial. Just such an occasion occurred last weekend with the 50th anniversary of the bloody civil rights march across theEdmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. It came on the heels of the awaited Justice Department report on the racial turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., which was sparked by the killing of a young black man by a police officer and prolonged by a grand jury's decision not to prosecute him. The leader of the commemorative march in Selma, Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, was present at the original march, and was severely beaten on that day. On Saturday he joined the first black...