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3:30pm March 5, 2013

Birmingham Police Chief Apologizes to John Lewis, Freedom Riders

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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 and political analyst. She created the blog Crewof42, a blog that covers African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin and on WHUR, WURD, and WVON. Ms. Burke has enjoyed employment at USAToday.com and ABC News. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail anytime: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @Crewof42




 
 

 
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