John Lewis, Towering Figure of Civil Rights Era, Dies at 80

The death of John Lewis, towering figure of the civil rights era, is fueling a movement to rename the Edmund Pettus bridge. The bridge became a flash point on March 7, 1965, as protesters, led by Mr. Lewis and other civil rights leaders, were stopped and beaten by state troopers as they marched to Alabama‚Äôs capital. The death of Representative John Lewis yesterday has renewed … Continue reading John Lewis, Towering Figure of Civil Rights Era, Dies at 80