Amelia Boynton Robinson

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2003 file photo, Amelia Boynton, Robinson appears at an American Civil Rights Education Services tour at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta. Boynton Robinson, a civil rights activist who nearly died while helping lead the Selma march on “Bloody Sunday,” championed voting rights for blacks, and was the first black woman to run for Congress in Alabama, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. She was 104. Boynton Robinson was hospitalized in July after having a major stroke and turned 104 on Aug. 18. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith, File)

Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson (August 18, 1911 – August 26, 2015) was an American activist who was a leader of the American Civil Rights Movement in Selma, Alabama and a key figure in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches. In 1984, she became founding vice-president of the Schiller Institute affiliated with Lyndon LaRouche. She was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Medal in 1990. In 2014 actress Lorraine Toussaint played Robinson in the Ava DuVernay film Selma.
Rest in peace Ms. Amelia Robinson

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