BESTOW THE PRESIDENT'S MEDAL OF FREEDOM
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Mrs. Amelia Boynton Robinson:
Began her human and voting rights activities 93 years ago, at age 10.
She and her mother taught, inspired and transported people to the Savannah, GA courthouse to register and vote in 1920.
She graduated from Tuskegee Institute in 1927.
She became an educator and aided children in their growth and development.
She accepted a position with the US Department of Agriculture and moved to Dallas County, AL in 1929.
She braved racism, intimidation, threats and abuse to assist Dallas County residents in becoming more self-reliant as they learned to improve their quality of life.
She and her husband, Samuel W. Boynton established real estate and insurance businesses in Selma, AL.
She voted in Dallas County in 1932
She suffered her husband's early death, which most likely resulted from racist threats, false arrests and related abuses.
She provided a safe haven in her home and office for Dr. Kings' SCLC, SNCC, C. T. Vivian, A. Philip Randolph and others during the 1960s Voting Rights Movement.
She suffered years of humiliation and fear from vicious midnight threats on her life.
She was falsely arrested and brutalized by Dallas County Sheriff Jim Clark.
She survived a near-death beating by Alabama State Troopers on "Bloody Sunday" in 1965, during an attempted crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge to march to Montgomery.
She provided the foundation in Dallas County for the political pressure, drafting and passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
And through it all she RISES with love, dignity, humanism and compassion as her principle beliefs today at age 103. We believe she deserves national recognition by the President.
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