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Robinson, Amelia Boynton, 1911-2015

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    • Boynton, Amelia Platts, 1911-2015
    • Platts, Amelia, 1911-2015
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    • found: Bridge across Jordan, 1991:t.p. (Amelia Boynton Robinson) p. 21 (Amelia Platts Boynton; b. 08-18-11)
    • found: Tuskegee, 2013:p. 122 (civil rights activist Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson; she resides in Tuskegee, Alabama)
    • found: New York times WWW site, viewed Aug. 27, 2015(in obituary published Aug. 26: Amelia Boynton Robinson; b. Amelia Platts, Aug. 18, 1911, Savannah, Ga.; m. Samuel William Boynton, 1936 (d. 1963); m. Bob W. Billups (d. 1973); m. James Robinson (d. 1988); d. Wednesday [Aug. 26, 2015], Montgomery, Ala., aged 104; called the matriarch of the voting rights movement; her photograph, showing her beaten, gassed, and left for dead in the epochal civil rights march known as Bloody Sunday, appeared in newspapers and magazines round the world in 1965; lived in Selma, Ala.)
    • found: African American National Biography, accessed April 26, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database:(Boynton Robinson, Amelia; Amelia Platt; educator, civil rights activist, political activist; born 18 August, 1911 in Savannah, Georgia, United States; graduated from Tuskegee Institute (later Tuskegee University) (1927); took courses in colleges in Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia; was home demonstration agent in Dallas County, Alabama, for Cooperative Extension Service; registered voter (1930s), was strong advocate for voter registration in Selma, Dallas; assisted at Justice Department and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in voter registration; was prohibited from attending public meetings in Selma; was arrested while assisting African Americans to register to vote (1965); was struck unconscious during the peaceful protest walk to Montgomery (“Bloody Sunday”) (1965); worked for the Poor People's Campaign and Resurrection City, Washington, D.C. (1968); joined Schiller Institute to attack injustice on a national and international level)
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    • 1993-08-26: new
    • 2015-09-22: revised
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