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May 16, 2011


Tuskegee president Rochon visits with oldest living alumnus, civil rights legend


Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon talks with alumna and civil rights legend Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson


TUSKEGEE, Ala. — Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon visited Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson at her home in Tuskegee on May 10. The visit was a surprise for Robinson, who is believed to be the oldest living alumnus of Tuskegee University.

Boynton was at the forefront with hundreds of others in March 1965 during the first march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. She, along with others, were brutalized by law enforcement. The photo of Boynton beaten was broadcast around the world and exemplified the sacrifices made by many during the Civil Rights Movement.

Boynton’s acclaimed autobiography, “Bridge over Jordan,” was written in 1979. It documents her early life as a demonstrations agent for the U.S. government and highlights the depth of her social responsibility as she and her husband championed the voting rights and civil rights of Alabama’s residents.

In 1990, Boynton was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation Medal of Freedom. She went on to serve on the board for the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta.


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Wonderful story and thanks for sharing Nova.  Props to the Skegee PR staff.  They are doing a wonderful job.  They need to start a drip PR email campaign with a twice weekly snapshot of stories of interest to Skegeeans and our supporters.

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^^^^^^^^^  And share our history with the ones to follow us!  Good job Tuskegee!
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Mrs. Boynton is a wonderful woman...if you ever get a chance to talk to her, you should. She is living history... :nod:


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She is truly a wonderful lady

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I have met her.  I think her first husband's and her home in Selma will be a historical site.

 

 

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