Legendary U.S. Rep. John Lewis will join students and Al Lawson, candidate for Florida’s second Congressional district, in the march for early voting on Monday, at 9:30 a.m. that starts at Florida A&M University’s Eternal Flame and goes to the Leon County Courthouse. Lewis will deliver the keynote address at the 9:30 a.m. rally, prior to the 10 a.m. march.
“North Florida is honored to have civil rights champion and distinguished Congressman John Lewis join us for this important march for early voting,” said Al Lawson. “Many noble leaders have gone before us in order to pave the way so that we are able to march in unity to make our voices heard and our votes count by participating in the 2012 election.”
Lawson, who was a basketball star as an undergraduate at FAMU, will lead the march, along with other dignitaries and elected officials. Lawson is running in a heated campaign that has gained momentum over the last few months. National heavyweights across the country have stopped by Florida’s second Congressional district to show their support for Lawson. Last week, Rep. James Clyburn (SC-6), who is the third-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives came to Tallahassee to campaign with Lawson and speak with students at FAMU. Reps. Gregory Meeks (NY-6), Hank Johnson (GA-4), and Congresswoman Corrine Brown (FL-3) also came to North Florida for get-out-the-vote rallies.
Rep. John Lewis was among those marchers in 1965 who were beaten on Bloody Sunday as citizens were crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. On that fateful Sunday, Alabama state troopers cracked John Lewis’s skull as they beat him and many others who were marching in pursuit of the right to vote.