We lost a jewel as civil rights activist and HERO Amelia Boynton Robinson passed away at the age of 104. She was the matriarch of the voting rights movement and a soldier who marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge known as “Bloody Sunday” in Selma AL fifty years ago.
Here she is… walking across that same bridge with President Obama in March 2015
I am SO proud to have photographed & been a part of the celebration with President Obama giving a speech of hope. Amelia Boynton Robinson and many other civil rights soldiers were there to witness this pivotal moment. It brought tears to my eyes seeing their eyes full of pain… but yet JOY of a new day. We certainly have much more to do but I’m sure she knew that her work was done. Thank you for your sacrifice Amelia B.Robinson.
Here’s my memory & image. It’s not the best photo but it’s the only photo I managed to capture as she arrived and I’m proud of it. I was grateful to have been there.
Here’s a statement by the President on the Passing of Amelia Boynton Robinson:
“Amelia Boynton Robinson was a dedicated and courageous leader in the fight for civil rights. For most of her 104 years, Amelia committed herself to a simple, American principle: that everybody deserves the right to vote. Fifty years ago, she marched in Selma, and the quiet heroism of those marchers helped pave the way for the landmark Voting Rights Act. But for the rest of her life, she kept marching – to make sure the law was upheld, and barriers to the polls torn down. And America is so fortunate she did. To honor the legacy of an American hero like Amelia Boynton requires only that we follow her example – that all of us fight to protect everyone’s right to vote. Earlier this year, in Selma, Michelle and I had the honor to walk with Amelia and other foot soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement. She was as strong, as hopeful, and as indomitable of spirit – as quintessentially American – as I’m sure she was that day 50 years ago. And we offer our thoughts, our prayers, and our enduring gratitude to everyone who loved her.”