US CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST, DEPICTED IN FILM 'SELMA,' DIES AT 104

Aug 26, 2015

By Bob Komsic

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Amelia Boynton Robinson, who almost died while helping lead the 1965 Selma march, has died after suffering multiple strokes.
She was 104.
Amelia Boynton
Robinson invited Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to take part in a voting rights march in Alabama, in which she was badly beaten and gassed on what became known as ”Bloody Sunday.”
Bloody Sunday
She was also the first black woman to run for Congress in Alabama.
Obama Boynton
This past March during the 50th anniversary commemorations, President Obama pushed her wheelchair across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, which was declared a National Historic Landmark two years ago.
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