Civil Rights Activist Amelia Boynton Robinson Dies at 104

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104-year-old Civil Rights activist Amelia Boynton diesBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Amelia Boynton Robinson, a civil rights activist who nearly died while helping lead the “Bloody Sunday” civil rights march in 1965, championed voting rights for blacks and was the first black woman to run for Congress in Alabama, died early Wednesday at age 104, her son Bruce Boynton said. Boynton Robinson was among those beaten during the voting rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, in March 1965 that became known as “Bloody Sunday.” State troopers teargased and clubbed the marchers as they tried to cross the bridge. With deep sadness, we announce that she passed peaceably this morning with family and friends surrounding her at approximately 2:20 a.m. in Noland Hospital of Montgomery in Alabama. Please feel free to make your contributions directly at PNC Bank, 102 East Rosa Parks Avenue, Tuskegee, Alabama 36083, under the “Amelia Boynton Robinson Conservatorship Account.” Boynton was born on August 18, 1911 in Savannah, Georgia. She played a significant role in 1965’s ‘Bloody Sunday’ and the march from Selma to Montgomery in an effort to secure African-Americans’ right to register and vote.

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