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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Georgia Congressman John Lewis, a veteran of the civil rights movement, says it's unbelievable to him that Republicans in many states have pushed for limits on voting in an effort to suppress minority turnout.

Speaking at the Democratic National Convention, Lewis said "that's not right, that's not fair and that is not just."

Lewis says the nation has made a lot of progress in racial reconciliation in the last 50 years, but that the accomplishments shouldn't be taken for granted.

He told fellow Democrats about a man from Rock Hill, Ga., who came to his office in Washington after Barack Obama's election as president. Lewis said the man told him he was one of the people who beat Lewis during an attack in Alabama. He said the man asked for his forgiveness.

Lewis said, quote, "We hugged and cried together. This man and I don't want to go back. We don't want to go back."

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