Memorial Events Planned for Amelia Boynton-Robinson

Sep 5, 2015

Amelia Boynton-Robinson

A variety of memorial and remembrance events are being held this weekend for the late voting rights activist Amelia Boynton-Robinson.

Boynton-Robinson laid in state at Selma's Tabernacle Baptist Church this morning, followed by a four-hour memorial service. Tomorrow, she will lie in state until noon at the chapel of Tuskegee University. A memorial program will be held from noon until 3 PM Sunday at the university chapel.

Finally, a homecoming celebration is planned at Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge Tuesday at 1 PM. Boynton-Robinson was brutally beaten and nearly killed while attempting to march across that bridge in 1965 on what became known as Bloody Sunday.

Amelia Boynton-Robinson was a voting rights activist since the 1930s and marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other activists in a campaign that led to the signing of the Voting Rights Act. She died last Wednesday at a hospital in Montgomery. She was 104 years old.