Roll Call: Obama Meets With 105-Year-Old Amelia Boynton Before SOTU
Shortly before delivering the State of the Union address, President Barack Obama met briefly with 105 year-old civil rights figure Amelia Boynton in a holding room at the Capitol.
Boynton is among those still alive from Bloody Sunday. The 50th anniversary of the voting rights march in Selma, Ala., comes in March, and the White House has said Obama is planning to make the trip for a ceremony recognizing the event, during which Georgia Rep. John Lewis, then a teenager, was among those attacked by authorities.
“I think that for me the most poignant moment was when she got to meet with the president before he spoke, and it was awesome. Really awesome,” Rep. Terri Sewell said. “For me, I think she sums up the movement. Her perseverance, her bravery, her courage, and she was so excited.”