Appreciations of Amelia Boynton Robinson
Leaders in the Movement --
Included in Bridge Across
In Bridge Over Jordan, Amelia Boynton Robinson has
crafted an inspiring, eloquent memoir of her more than five decades
on the front lines of the struggle for racial equality and social
justice. This work is an important contribution to the history of
the black freedom struggle, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to
everyone who cares about human rights in America.
Coretta Scott King
Amelia Boynton Robinson came to visit us in Atlanta and
invited Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to come to Selma. At that time
Selma was under almost as many restrictions as South Africa. It
was against the law for more than four people to meet in a public
place and no more than three people could walk down the street
together for any purpose. In joining Martin Luther King, Jr. to
help free Selma, Amelia Boynton helped to develop the pattern that
led to a worldwide human rights movement, and the victories in
Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union, Southern Africa and China all
bear the influence of the Selma Movement.
The roots of the Selma right to vote movement, which
politically enfranchised the African-American people and advanced
the cause of freedom and justice for all people, can be traced back
to the seed planted by Amelia Boynton, when she began her voter
registration work in 1929. Let me thank Amelia for allowing me to
receive the freedom fruit from the tree she was wise and loving
enought to plant.
Rev. James Bevel
former director for Nonviolent Direct Action, SCLC
director of the Right to Vote Movement, Selma
I cannot remember when I didn't know Amelia Boynton Robinson.
A remarkable, strong-willed, college-trained black woman who led a
dedicated and dangerous civil rights struggle in Selma, Alabama
many years before Martin Luther King, Jr. King once told me Mrs.
Robinson was a reason he came to Selma. She continued the struggle
after King and the organizations left. Her faith, courage,
intelligence and devotion are extraordinary and the manner in which
she used them say so much about the real America. This powerful
book about her life should be required reading in the White House,
the Congress and every school and college in America. The nation
owes Amelia Boynton Robinson much.
J. L. Chestnut, Jr.
Author, Black in Selma
Over the past two decades, Amelia Boynton Robinson has inspired me
with her humble simplicity and the complex manner in which she
tells her story of the movement.
Edith M. Savage
Member of the Board
Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for
Nonviolent Social Change
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