Thursday 19 July 2018

US civil rights activist Amelia Boynton Robinson dies aged 104

Amelia Boynton Robinson has died aged 104. (AP)
Amelia Boynton Robinson has died aged 104. (AP)
President Barack Obama holds hands with Amelia Boynton Robinson as they walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. (AP)

US civil rights activist, Amelia Boynton Robinson, the first black woman to run for Congress in Alabama, has died aged 104.

Her son, Bruce Boynton, said she had was taken to hospital after suffering multiple strokes and died early on Wednesday in Montgomery.

Robinson, then known as Boynton, invited Martin Luther King Jr to participate in a voting rights march in Selma, Alabama, in 1965.

She was badly beaten and gassed during the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on what became known as "Bloody Sunday".

Fifty years later, Barack Obama, the first black US president, pushed her across the span in a wheelchair during anniversary commemorations in March.

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