Amelia Boynton Robinson


Amelia Boynton Robinson (née Platts) born Savannah, GA August 18, 1911 (d. 2015). Nonviolence advocate and civil rights activist. Key figure in planning of Selma marches, 1965. During first Selma to Montgomery march, beaten unconscious by police at Edmund Pettus Bridge, March 7, 1965.


"I was not afraid." (Moni Basu interview,, Jan. 9, 2015)

"Only until all human beings begin to recognize themselves as human beings will prejudice be gone forever. . . People ask me what race I am, but there is no such thing as race. I just answer: 'I'm a member of the human race.'" (Jane Ridley interview, New York Post, Dec. 1, 2014; photo