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Friendship forged in a Montgomery apology on display in Selma, Ala.
Friendship forged in a Montgomery apology on display in Selma, Ala.

Kevin Murphy welled with emotion as he watched John Lewis — his newfound friend, mentor and idealistic brethren — relive one of the most painful moments of his life from half a century ago: being beaten senseless with a police nightstick as he tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. As Lewis, then a civil rights marcher and now a U.S. congressman from Georgia, retraced his steps over the historic span on Saturday — this time clasping the hands of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama — Murphy cheered him on from the sidelines. Two years ago, Murphy marked his own emotional connection to the turbulent civil rights...

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