Nightly News | March 03, 2013
>>> this was a poignant weekend in alabama, as people gathered to mark two of the milestones of the civil rights movement , selma and montgomery , cities and symbols of that movement, but along with remembrance, there was healing and a long overdue apology. it was one of the iconic moments. civil rights struggle, the march from selma , alabama, to montgomery in march 1965 . marchers were turned back twice you can beaten so badly on their first attempt 48 years ago that the day would forever be known as bloody sunday.
>> we are marching today to drama advertise to the nation --
>> reporter: a young john lewis you was a leader of that march. now a long-time congressman from georgia, lewis was back in selma today, along with vice president biden, as he led a crowd of thousands across the edmund pettis bridge.
>> we were beaten, tear gas , tramped by horses, but we didn't give up.
>> reporter: nor did they forget the other clashes of the struggle. lewis was part of a congressional delegation that laid a wreath at a civil rights memorial in montgomery you where blood was shed long before selma . later came an apology from the man who now leads montgomery 's police force .
>> i feel like what i did today should have been done a long time ago because we have to live with the truth and it is the truth.
>> reporter: the truth, the police chief said, was that the montgomery police didn't stop a white mob from beating lewis and other freedom riders at the dawn of the movement in 1961 . chief murphy offered his badge to lewis .
>> the healing continue, that's what the movement was all about. to heal. to become one.
>> john lewis note there had were other police departments that stood by and watched clashes unfold but this was the first time he had ever received an apology.