Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, left, applauds as Congressman John Lewis delivers his remarks,Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, which included his experiences in Selma in 1965 on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Lewis, was joined by Andrew Young, Dr. Joseph Lowery, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Martin Luther King III at the 50th Observance of the Struggle for the 1965 Voting Rights Act Luncheon at the Wheat Street Baptist Church,in Atlanta. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Congressman John Lewis delivers his remarks,Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, which included his experiences in Selma in 1965 on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Lewis, was joined by Andrew Young, Dr. Joseph Lowery, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Martin Luther King III at the 50th Observance of the Struggle for the 1965 Voting Rights Act Luncheon at the Wheat Street Baptist Church,in Atlanta. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

The Voting Rights Act, passed on Aug. 6, 1965, protects the right to vote for every law-abiding American citizen regardless of race, culture, religion or creed. Passage of the Act was spurred by an attack on nonviolent protestors marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama for voting equality, which is remembered as Bloody Sunday. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) is one of the original marchers who was attacked on the bridge.