3:30pm March 5, 2013

Birmingham Police Chief Apologizes to John Lewis, Freedom Riders


ivil rights legend John Lewis was moved to tears by an apology from current Montgomery, Ala., police chief Kevin Murphy.

Lewis was involved in several confrontations during the civil rights movement, most famously a confrontation on the Edmund Pettis Bridge

“The chief of police in Montgomery is the first to apologize,” Lewis said.

As a bus of Freedom Riders arrived in Montgomery in 1961 for a march, their bus was mobbed by a white mob and burned and the freedom riders were beaten. Police did nothing to stop the mob.

The apology took place during the annual Faith and Politics civil rights pilgrimage weekend.

Murphy said the apology was overdue and “the right thing to do” and gave Lewis a chief of police badge from his uniform.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, speaker, strategist, comms expert and political analyst. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. She's been a former staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and has had a very diverse career in politics and media. Ms. Burke appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne and has been seen on MSNBC. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail anytime: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @Crewof42. Instagram: LVB325. The ideas and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author, and have complete editorial independence from any Politic365 partners, sponsors, or advertisers.



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