FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Voting Rights Advocate Honored
Mrs. Amelia Platt Boynton Robinson, nationally known as a Contemporary Voting Rights Advocate, was recognized and honored at the Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church, Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, on Sunday, February 18th, during the 11:00 A.M. Worship Hour. Family members and several representatives of the political community joined Mrs. Robinson for this recognition and hailed her as a living icon in the Civil Rights Movement.
Born Amelia Platt in Georgia in 1911, she is acknowledged and recognized as one of the planners and leaders of the Bloody Sunday March of March 7, 1965, which was scheduled to proceed from Selma to Montgomery. However, the marchers only got as far as the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where they were attacked and stopped. The honoree, Mrs. Amelia Boynton( Robinson), along with Congressman John Lewis and others, was gassed, beaten, and left for dead on the bridge. With the vision and guidance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a ruling by Federal District Court Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr., the marchers resumed their walk to Montgomery on Sunday, March 21st. They arrived at the capitol on Thursday, March 25, 1965.
Several other award presentations were given to the honoree, including a majestic eagle trophy with the logo of the Burning Flame.
In accepting the recognition awards, Mrs. Amelia Boynton Robinson pledged her continued inspiration and motivation to Americas youth, For as long as I have breath.
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