After numerous battles fought in the name of the African American community, civil rights activist Amelia Boynton Robinson passed away at 104 years. Families, close relatives and friends remember some of the special accomplishments that the brave woman has had during her lifetime in an attempt to commemorate her.
Amelia Boynton Robinson will always remain one of the most prominent figures of Civil Rights Movement. She had strong beliefs in all people’s right to vote and she never missed an opportunity to express them in all the protests she organized.
She started her work as an activist at a very young age, following in her mother’s footsteps. She kept people informed on voter registration once lawmakers introduced the 19th amendment. According to this new law, women were finally allowed to vote; however, discriminations acts were still present within communities.
The most important and yet, difficult moment in Amelia’s life remained the “Bloody Sunday” protest during which she was almost beaten to death. According to her previous declarations, Amelia was among the citizens who protested on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, in March 1965.
Like other civil rights activists, Amelia tried to resist authorities and she was severely beaten for that. Witnesses claim she was crushed and gassed during the march, which received the “Bloody Sunday” nickname. Yet, she did not abandon the civil rights movement; she took part in many other important protests bringing her contribution to the cause in every way that she could.
Amelia was one of the first African American activists in Selma, who registered for vote after the 19th Amendment. In addition, she wrote Martin Luther King Jr. to ask him to join the civil rights movement in Selma raising awareness on the African American community in this region.
Amelia Boynton Robinson was just as ambitious in all aspects of her life. Encouraged by her parents, the activist dedicated great part of her life to studying and succeeded in graduating the Georgia State College. She later on earned an economics degree from the Tuskegee Institute and moved to Alabama with her husband, Samuel.
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