Civil rights activist Amelia Boynton Robinson dies at 104

26 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Civil rights activist Amelia Boynton Robinson dies at 104.

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, Ala., in March 1965 that became known as “Bloody Sunday.” State troopers teargased and clubbed the marchers as they tried to cross the bridge. John Lewis and thousands of others from Selma to Montgomery and ultimately witnessed the day when their work led to the passage of the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965.” Boynton Robinson had asked Martin Luther King Jr. to come to Selma to mobilize the local community in the civil rights movement.

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