Civil Right Activist Amelia Boynton Robinson Has Passed Away At The Age Of 104
|Civil Right Activist Amelia Boynton Robinson |
Has Passed Away At The Age Of 104
|Mrs. Robinson Attends The Selma Walk|
During a commemoration fifty years after the historic march, President Barack Obama pushed Boynton across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where she and others
were teargassed and beaten by white state troopers.
Boynton Robinson, who was hospitalized in July after having a major stroke, turned 104 Aug. 18. Her son said she had been living in Tuskegee and was hospitalized in Montgomery.
|Mrs. Robinson And The President|
Family said in a written statement that she was surrounded by relatives and friends.
|Amelia Boynton Robinson|
It was Boynton Robinson who asked Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to come to Selma to mobilize the town in the civil rights movement.
She worked with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and helped plan the Selma to Montgomery march.
She was invited as a guest of honor to attend the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Funeral arrangements have not been announced but the family is planning a ceremony at the Edmund Pettus Bridge.