“This nation has lost a crusader, a warrior, and a fighter for justice,” Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who helped lead the Bloody Sunday march, said in a statement Wednesday.
“Amelia Boynton was fearless in the face of brutal injustice, willing to risk all she had on the frontlines of change in America. She was arrested, shoved and pushed in front of the Dallas County courthouse by sheriff Jim Clark. She was knocked down on Bloody Sunday on March 7, 1965, on the Edmund Pettus Bridge as 600 of us attempted to march to Montgomery to dramatize the dire need for voting rights legislation in this country,” he stated.
Her loss was also mourned by Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) the state’s first elected Black congresswoman. Sewell invited Boynton Robinson as her guest for the January 20, 2015 State of the Union. Sewell said that the activist “personified the essence of an American hero through her courageous and passionate fight for the fundamental right to vote for every citizen in this nation.”
“As she reminded us in life, there is still much work to be done for this nation to live up to its ideals of equality and justice for all,” Sewell’s statement continues. “Let us be inspired by the extraordinary life of Mrs. Amelia Boynton Robinson to keep striving and working towards a more perfect union.”
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