Washington (CNN)Civil rights icon and US Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia made a surprise appearance at this year’s “Bloody Sunday” commemorative march in Selma, Alabama, where he delivered an impassioned plea to voters to use the ballot box as “a nonviolent instrument or tool to redeem the soul of America.” Lewis, who had his skull broken by white police officers during the 1965 march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in December. At the time, Lewis said he would undergo treatment for the cancer, and speculation swirled about whether the longtime congressman would be able to participate in the 55th anniversary march. “Fifty-five years ago, a few of our children attempted to march … across this bridge. We were beaten, we were tear-gassed. I thought I was going to die on this bridge. But somehow and some way, God almighty helped me here,” Lewis said in an emotional speech on Sunday at the apex of the bridge. “We must go out and vote like we never, ever voted before.” “I’m not going to give up. I’m not going to give in. We’re going to continue to fight. We need your prayers… Read full this story
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