Community to celebrate civil rights legend, university’s oldest living alumna


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (August 17, 2011) — Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson, a legendary civil and voting rights activist, will be honored by the Tuskegee community in celebration of her 100th birthday Thursday. Robinson is also Tuskegee University’s oldest living alumna.

Robinson is perhaps best known as the woman at the front of the march who was gassed and beaten by law enforcement agents and left for dead at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., during the “Bloody Sunday” incident on March 7, 1965.  After legal and political intervention, the marchers were successful a few days later in their quest to complete the march from Selma to Montgomery, which quickly led to the mushrooming of the civil and voting rights movement into an international mass movement.  It also led to the signing by President Lyndon B. Johnson of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Robinson’s celebration begins at 2 p.m. in the city square with a horse and buggy motorcade to Tuskegee University. A scholarship and awards program will be held in the university’s chapel at 4 p.m. These events are free and open to the public.

The festivities, sponsored by Robinson’s non-profit youth organization, The Village of Hope Inc., will end with a reception and birthday celebration at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at 7 p.m. Tickets are required for this event. For ticket information, contact Leon E. Frazier, chairman of The Village of Hope Inc., at 334-552-1712. For general celebration information, contact Lateefah Muhammad, chairperson of the planning committee at 334-727-1997.

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