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Civil Rights icon Rep. John Lewis was brought to tears while visiting an exhibit centered on sit-ins at Atlanta’s Center for Civil and Human Rights, reports The Hill.

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Lewis’ visit was captured on former Obama adviser David Axelrod’s show The Axe Files which airs on CNN. While visiting the exhibit, both Axelrod and Rep. Lewis listened to reenactments of the verbal and physical violence encountered by protesters at the peak of the Civil Rights Movement, writes the outlet.

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Listening to those recordings was a full circle moment for Lewis, who had experienced that type of treatment first-hand. According to the source, during the historic 1965 civil rights demonstration in Selma, someone attacked Lewis with a club.

When Axelrod asked Rep. Lewis how he felt after listening to those recreated scenes, tears welled up in his eyes. “Surreal. It is real. Exactly what happened,” he said, according to the outlet.

During the sit-down, he brought attention to the current state of politics in America; stating that although there has been progress made within our country since the Civil Rights era, there are “forces” that are trying to reverse it. When asked about President Donald Trump, Rep. Lewis said that he was “uncaring” and uninformed in regards to civil rights, reports The Hill.

Rep. Lewis has been very outspoken about his disapproval of President Trump, who sparked controversy after tweeting demeaning remarks about his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement earlier this year.

SOURCE: The Hill


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