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Amelia Robinson Receives an Award
from the Republic of San Marino (Italy)

May 2015

Liliana Gorini, right, receives the reward on behalf of Amelia Boynton Robinson.

On May 8th Liliana Gorini, chairwoman of Movisol, LaRouche’s movement in Italy, was in the Republic of San Marino to receive an award for Amelia Robinson, the heroine of civil rights recently celebrated in the movie “Selma”, from the Secretary of Culture of the San Marino government Giuseppe Maria Morganti. During the brief ceremony in the government building, which appeared on TV prime time that evening, the minister of Culture remembered meeting Amelia Robinson in San Marino back in 2002, when she was received by the “reggenti” (governors) and in giving Gorini the ceramic plate made by hand by the Cooperativa il Libeccio, in the tradition of the ancient ceramics of San Marino, he read the silver inscription on the back “The Republic of San Marino to Amelia Robinson, angel of civil rights, who fought next to Martin Luther King for equal rights in America, in order to emphasize the friendship which unites us with her since November 2002 when she visited the Capitani Reggenti”. Liliana Gorini gave the secretary Amelia’s autobiography in Italian “Un ponte sul Giordano” and read her message of acceptance (see below).

San Marino TV (RTV San Marino) interviewed Gorini on Amelia Robinson and her many visits to San Marino and Italy, and that evening, during the prime time news at 7.30, they aired the following report, starting off with Gorini saying: “Her message to the youth here in Italy was never to despair, to have faith in ideas and fight for them and never give in to hate”. The reporter then shows pictures of Amelia Robinson recently, and also the famous one of her left for dead on the Edmund Pettus Bridge during the first march in 1965 and comments “This is the lesson of Amelia Boynton Robinson, charismatic leader with Martin Luther King of the afro-american civil rights movement, since the marches from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. Liliana Gorini, chairwoman of the Movimento Solidarietà knows her well, and she will make sure she received the ceramic plate made by hand by the cooperative Libeccio, and donated by Cultural Secretary Morganti. Amelia Robinson is 103 but her commitment goes on. In a message of acceptance she emphasized “let them know that what they did, that we are trying to carry it on now--so they are a part of what we are doing here, now.” Asked about Amelia’s view on the danger of war, Gorini reminded viewers that last time she visited Italy she “denounced very strongly Bush’s attempt to start a war with Iran” and that “now she endorsed an international petition of the Schiller Institute against sanctions towards Russia and for a cooperation with the BRICS”. Here is the link of the report and interview in Italian:

Statement Of Amelia Robinson In Acceptance Of San Marino Award

Over 120 youth listened attentively to Mrs. Robinson (center), when she spoke at a political science class at the University of Milan on Nov. 13, 2007, the highlight of her short visit to Italy.

Dennis Speed: So, the people in Italy, in San Marino have given you this award, Amelia, because they love you, and because of what you did when you went to Italy, so I think that they will be very grateful for what you are doing now.

Amelia: Well, I very much appreciate it, I accept it, and I would like to let them know that what they have done, through what I have done since I have been back in the United States, that the goodness that they had there, was transferred here, and I appreciate it so much. So the goodness in me, which caused me to help people get registered to vote for the first time (In Selma, Alabama from 1930 to 1965) and the Village of Hope which is going on now, that it is because of what they gave me , and what i gave them. But let them know that what they did, that we are trying to carry it on now--so they are a part of what we are doing here, now.

Dennis Speed.
That's great That's beautiful. We will tell them.