Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama

HuffPo: 103-Year-Old Civil Rights Legend Amelia Boynton To Attend State Of The Union Address

Jan 20, 2015
In The News

Many are expected to tune into President Obama’s State of the Union Address Tuesday night but few will have the opportunity to hear his remarks in person -- and among them will be one of the nation’s oldest living civil rights leaders.

103-year-old Amelia Boynton was invited to attend this year’s annual address by U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Al.), who represents Alabama’s 7th Congressional District.

Boynton is largely known for her efforts during the peak of the voting rights movement in the 1960s. She made headlines in newspapers across the nation after she was brutally beaten by policemen during a march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in 1965. The march was later identified as “Bloody Sunday” after Boynton and sixteen of the 600 protesters who demonstrated that day were beaten unconscious and sent to the hospital.

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