Transcript for Tributes for late Congressman John Lewis underway in Alabama
We want to turn now to the tributes to congressman John Lewis in his native state of Alabama today. The civil rights leader lying in repose at Troy university in his hometown. His sister and other family members among the mourners. Today's events are the first in a week of events commemorating a remarkable life. ABC's Rachel Scott is there in Alabama. Reporter: Tonight, John Robert Lewis returning to Selma one last time . His casket lying inside the historic brown chapel A.M.E. Church that once served as a refuge for the civil rights icon. This was our meeting place. This was our shelter in a time of great storm. Reporter: It was here in Selma in 1965 when 25-year-old John Lewis put his body on the line for voting rights. One of 600 peaceful demonstrators marching with silent conviction. Lewis hit with a Billy club, left bloodied and fractured as state troopers moved in. He became a figure known around the world for action. And now Alabama state troopers will lead his body around this state as we celebrate his life. Reporter: Lewis, nicknamed "The boy from Troy" by martin Luther king Jr., today celebrated in his hometown. Those who knew him best simply called him Robert. Mother told him not to get in trouble, not to get in the way, and be particular. But we all know that John got in trouble. All of the troubles he got himself into would change the world. Reporter: He would serve in congress for over 30 years, telling his brother he sure had come a long way from the cotton fields of Alabama. His great nephew Jackson today honoring his hero. And it's up to us to keep his legacy alive. Reporter: His family and friends remembering a man who loved to dance. He would be just on pins and needles waiting for his favorite song. Reporter: A man who, even under arrest said, "I smiled because I was on the right side of history." And Tom, the Edmund Pettus bridge behind me is named after the leader of the kkk. But tonight, growing called to rename the bridge after John Lewis. Act vises say this bridge now represents a symbol of hope and civil rights and that the name should reflect that. Tom? Rachel Scott in Selma, Alabama tonight.
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