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'Crusader, Warrior, Fighter for Justice,' Civil Rights Icon Amelia Boynton Robinson Dead at 104


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'Crusader, Warrior, Fighter for Justice,' Civil Rights Icon Amelia Boynton Robinson Dead at 104

Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Civil rights activist Amelia Boynton Robinson, who endured brutal beatings by state troopers during the "Bloody Sunday" march she helped organize, died Wednesday. She was 104.

Boynton Robinson, who's been called the matriarch of the civil rights movement, had been hospitalized since July following a stroke.


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Wow! 104 years old. What a courageous woman. They should rename the bridge after her.


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I agree completely and hope they do!!

Another tireless organiser in the fight for equality who never got the recognition he so completely merited was Edgar Daniel Nixon.

Had it not been for him and Prof. Jo Ann Robinson, Dr. King would probably have lived out his life in peaceful obscurity. They were the ones who decided that Montgomery needed a bus boycott, and Nixon went out looking for a preacher to front the effort. After interviewing several, it was suggested to him that he might want to interview a new preacher in town who seemed like he had a good style. So Nixon did interview him, liked his style just as predicted, chose him, and a star was born.


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Forget past presidents or soldiers and their generals or those self made billionaires , it people like this that were and are the true heroes.


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"Matriarch" of the civil rights movement goes way back to when Amelia Boynton was the mother of the civil rights movement. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference often met in her living room. After the meeting, Dr. King sometimes slept overnight on her living room couch.