PETER FROST remembers the times and struggles of Amelia Boynton Robinson who died on Wednesday aged 104 at her home in Selma, Alabama.
In spring this year, on the 50th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday events in Selma, Alabama, Barrack Obama — first black president of the United States — pushed a 103 year old woman in a wheelchair at the head of the commemorative march.
She was Amelia Boynton Robinson, civil rights activist and one of the leaders of the 1965 Selma March. She died in Selma, Alabama, this week aged 104. She had continued to struggle for progressive causes right up until her death.
Amelia Boynton Robinson is perhaps best remembered for the image of her after state troopers attacked the Selma civil rights march with tear gas and batons. The picture of her, unconscious and bloody(below), flashed around the world and raised sympathy and anger in equal…
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