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Amelia Boynton remembered as the ‘Rosa Parks’ of Selma Movement

31st August 2015   ·   0 Comments

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Amelia Boynton bad credit loans in mississippi Robinson, who died August 26 in Montgomery, Ala. at the age of 104, is being praised as the ‘Rosa Parks’ of the Selma voting rights movement.

Mrs. Boynton, as she was known throughout the movement, had been hospitalized since suffering a stroke in July. She was a courageous voting rights crusader who was brutally beaten on “Bloody Sunday” on the Edmund personal loan is secured or unsecured Pettus Bridge, the first leg of the Selma to Montgomery, Ala. March that provided the impetus for passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

She and her late husband, Sam Boynton, opened their home to Atlanta-based voting rights organizers representing the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the payday advance claremore ok Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. also conducted many of his strategy sessions in the Boynton home.

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), whose skull was cracked in Selma on “Bloody Sunday,” said: “This nation has lost a crusader, a warrior, and a fighter for justice. She was one of the most dependable, reliable leaders to stand up personal loans from the aa for the right to vote in Selma, Alabama and in the American South.”

Andrew Young, a former Martin Luther King lieutenant and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, recalled how it was Boynton who persuaded Dr. King to become involved in the Selma movement.

King would often hold strategy sessions in the Boynton home.

“I cash advance league city tx am so glad she lived to see Dr. King lead a march from Selma to Montgomery, that she lived to see the Voting Rights Act signed into law, that she lived to see the amazing transformation our work gave rise to in America,” said Rep. John Lewis. “I am so glad she lived to see President Obama nominated and elected and that installment loans with guaranteed approval she was on the bridge with two Presidents and two First Ladies this year to mark the 50th anniversary of the march. At over 104 years old, Mrs. Amelia Boynton lived a well spent life helping to make Alabama and our nation a better place.”

This article originally published in the August 31, 2015 print edition of The Louisiana Weekly newspaper.

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