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Amelia Boynton Robinson dies at 104; civil rights icon was at Selma

Amelia Boynton Robinson dies at 104; civil rights icon was at Selma

She never became a household name, but the grainy photos of Amelia Boynton Robinson crumpled on the side of the road in Selma, Ala., after being tear-gassed and beaten by state troopers came to be one of the most searing images of America’s civil rights struggle. Repulsed by the images of what became known as “Bloody Sunday,” Martin Luther King Jr. and other activists quickly flew to Selma and, after one more failed attempt, succeeded in leading a peaceful march from Selma to Montgomery. Though she was clubbed, gassed and left splayed along the road in the first attempt to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Boynton Robinson’s resolve to fight for change only seemed...

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