Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama

Montgomery Advertiser: 103-year-old Tuskegee civil rights icon attends Obama speech

Jan 26, 2015
In The News

WASHINGTON -- Amelia Boynton Robinson's trip to Capitol Hill on Tuesday wasn't the first time she's witnessed presidential history in Washington.

The 103-year-old Boynton Robinson, who traveled from Tuskegee to hear President Barack Obama deliver his State of the Union address, was also on hand to watch President Lyndon B. Johnson sign the Voting Rights Act into law at the White House on Aug. 6, 1965.

That landmark event took place just five months after police beat her and other peaceful civil rights protesters on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, during the march to Montgomery to demand voting rights for blacks.

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