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Amelia Boynton Robinson, Beaten Unconscious For Marching At Selma In 1965


Today we are honoring civil rights pioneer Amelia Boynton Robinson, who, in 1965, was beaten unconscious during a voting rights demonstration in Selma, Alabama.

The photograph of her helpless body was one of many that highlighted the violent acts that resulted in that day being known as, "Bloody Sunday." Despite her injuries, Boynton participated in the next two marches, the second march, led by Dr. King to showcase the people's resilience and commitment. The third march is when the protesters finally made it to Montgomery's capitol.

As horrific as the experience was, Boynton Robinson says she was buoyed by Bloody Sunday and everything that came after: a successful march to Montgomery and later that year in August, President Lyndon B. Johnson's signing of the Voting Rights Act into law. She was there at the White House on that historic day with King.

The UPR celebrates Civil Rights Activist Amelia Boynton Robinson for Women's History Month


Amelia Boynton Robinson is carried by bystanders after being beaten during the “Bloody Sunday”


                                                                            In the photo above, Amelia Boynton is thrid from the right at an integration March in 1964.


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