Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama

AP: Amelia Boynton Robinson remembered as fearless, tireless leader of civil rights movement

Aug 27, 2015
In The News

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- A newspaper photo of a woman who was beaten unconscious by law enforcement during a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, revealed to a wider audience the struggles and violence black people faced while fighting for the right to vote.

Fifty years after the beating, the activist in the photograph, Amelia Boynton Robinson, held hands with the first black president of the United States as she was pushed across the bridge in a wheelchair, trailed by many others including some who were also attacked on March 7, 1965.

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