Amelia Boynton Robinson (Civil Rights Leader)
Amelia Boynton Robinson

Amelia Isadora Platts Boynton Robinson was an American activist who was a leader of the American Civil Rights Movement in Selma, Alabama and a key figure in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches. In 1984, she became founding Vice-President of the Schiller Institute affiliated with Lyndon LaRouche. She was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr., Freedom Medal in 1990. In 2014, actress Lorraine Toussaint played Robinson in the Ava DuVernay film Selma.

Born: Amelia Isadora Platts, August 18, 1911, Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
Died: August 26, 2015, Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.
Known for: Selma to Montgomery marches
Movement: Civil Rights Movement
Children: Bill Boynton Jr. and Bruce Carver Boynton
Awards: Martin Luther King, Jr, Freedom Medal (1990)

About Amelia Boynton Robinson

Remembered for her leadership in the Alabama civil rights march that came to be known as Bloody Sunday and led to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, this African-American activist was the 1990 recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Medal.

Before Fame

In the early 1960s, her home in Selma, Alabama became the headquarters of her state’s civil rights movement.


She launched an historic, though unsuccessful, 1964 United States Congressional campaign.

Family Life

She met her husband, S.W. Boynton, while studying at the Tuskegee Institute.


She and fellow political activist Lyndon LaRouche were founding members of the Schiller Institute.

Information related to Amelia Boynton Robinson

  • LaRouche movement
  • Selma to Montgomery marches
  • American democracy activists
  • African-American activists
  • American women activists

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