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Amelia Boynton Robinson in Tuskegee, Alabama to accept award.
Voting Rights Advocate, Amelia Boynton Robinson, Honored in Tuskegee, Alabma
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“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.

Mrs. Robinson, left at podium, making her acceptance remarks.
The role of Mrs. Boynton ( Robinson) in this historic Voting Rights Movement was most significant and contributed greatly to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.Elaine C. Harrington, Coordinator of the Church’s recognition, exclaimed: “This recognition is long overdue in our church fellowship and Tuskegee community.”In supporting and recognizing the lifelong commitment of the honoree being recognized, The Honorable Johnny Ford, Mayor of the City of Tuskegee, proclaimed the 18th Day of February...Amelia Platt Boynton Robinson Day

Several other award presentations were given to the honoree, including a majestic eagle trophy with the logo of the Burning Flame.

Deacon Lucius Fleming displays Eagle Award Trophy.
Rev. John L. Cantelow, III, Church Pastor, noted: “It is most timely and appropriate that we pause to honor and recognize our member, Mrs. Amelia Boynton Robinson, especially during African American Heritage Month. Her boldness during the historic march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge 42 years ago is a true testimony of the journey ‘From Slavery to Freedom.’ It is clear that Mrs. Amelia Boynton Robinson’s role as a social justice advocate is an expressed extension of her commitment to freedom, equality, and the Great Commission.”

In accepting the recognition awards, Mrs. Amelia Boynton Robinson pledged her continued inspiration and motivation to America’s youth, “For as long as I have breath.”

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