Rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge to Amelia Boynton Robinson or Boynton Robinson Freedom Bridge
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On Wednesday, August 26, the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement, Amelia Boynton Robinson was called home to glory. She was 104 years old and was still speaking of unity. It would be a great honor to rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge after a positive catalyst for change, Amelia Boynton Robinson. She led the way to Civil Rights. "Boynton Robinson asked Martin Luther King Jr. to come to Selma to mobilize the local community in the civil rights movement. She worked with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and helped plan the Selma to Montgomery march. Her role in the event was recaptured in the movie "Selma," where she was portrayed by actress Lorraine Toussaint. She was invited as a guest of honor to attend the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson."
Boynton Robinson also "made history in 1964 as the first African-American to run for Congress in Alabama," Alabama Public Radio reported earlier this year, when the civil rights legend attended Obama's 2015 State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. She was the guest of Rep. Terri Sewell, Alabama's first elected African-American congresswoman." source Montgomery Advertiser and NPR news Now more than ever in a time that the Confederate flag is being replaced all over the South to rid the notion of hatred,slavery and injustices that I have started a petition to continue to honor the past by building on the future. It is past time to rename the Edmund Pettus bridge from a Grand Dragon of the KKK to a more positive catalyst for unity and change
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