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One World Honors-Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson-A True Hero!

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Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson (born August 18, 1911) is an American woman who was a leader of the American Civil Rights Movement in Selma, Alabama and a key figure in the 1965 march that became known as Bloody Sunday. In 1984, she became founding vice-president of the Schiller Institute. She was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Medal in 1990.


In 1964 and 1965 Boynton worked with Martin Luther King, James Bevel, and others of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to plan demonstrations for civil and voting rights. While Selma had a population that was 50 percent black, only 300 of the town’s African-American residents were registered as voters in 1965, after thousands had been arrested in protests.By March 1966, after passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, some 11,000 were registered to vote.


To protest continuing segregation and disenfranchisement of blacks, in early 1965 Amelia Boynton helped organize a march to the state capital of Montgomery, initiated by James Bevel, which took place on March 7, 1965. Led by John Lewis, Hosea Williams and Bob Mants, and including Rosa Parks and others among the marchers the event became known as Bloody Sunday when county and state police stopped the march and beat demonstrators after they left the Edmund Pettus Bridge and crossed into the county. Boynton was beaten unconscious; a photograph of her lying on Edmund Pettus Bridge went around the world.[8] Another short march led by Martin Luther King took place two days later; they turned back. With federal protection and thousands of marchers joining them, a third march reached Montgomery on March 24, entering with 25,000 people.

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**Editors Note**

It appears that at 104 years old Dr. Boynton was still appearing at conferences and engagements but unfortunately -few weeks ago, Dr. Amelia Boynton Robinson was hospitalized after suffering a massive stroke.  Presently, she is in stable, but critical condition. I was scheduled to appear with her at the Community Advocates In Action, Inc 4th Annual Youth History Civil Rights and Voter Education Conference for youth organized by Community Advocates in Action. Inc. Instead her Advocate Leon Frazier will appear. Please keep Amelia in your prayers. For more information on the conference contact One World Honors-Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson-A True Hero!



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This Holiday Season-Go See The Movie **Selma***

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One World By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

(Release date: Dec 25, 2014) ****** (6 ) Stars

Martin Luther King and the civil rights marches of Selma, Alabama, that changed America forever. Based on a true story.

Selma 2The unforgettable true story chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. Written by Miss W J McDermott

Dr King
Actual King picture (March on Washington) August 28, 1963

  Directed by

Ava DuVernay

Writing and Actor Credits

(in alphabetical order)

Paul Webb (writer)


David Oyelowo David Oyelowo
Tim Roth Tim Roth
Giovanni Ribisi Giovanni Ribisi
Lee C. White
Cuba Gooding Jr. Cuba Gooding Jr.
Martin Sheen Martin Sheen
Frank Minis Johnson
Carmen Ejogo Carmen Ejogo
Dylan Baker Dylan Baker
Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey
Alessandro Nivola Alessandro Nivola
John Doar
Tessa Thompson Tessa Thompson
Tom Wilkinson Tom Wilkinson
Lorraine Toussaint Lorraine Toussaint
Wendell Pierce Wendell Pierce
Common Common
James Bevel
Niecy Nash Niecy Nash
Richie Jean Jackson
Keith Stanfield Keith Stanfield
André Holland André Holland
Jeremy Strong Jeremy Strong
James Reeb
Stephan James Stephan James
Haviland Stillwell Haviland Stillwell
President’s Secretary
Ruben Santiago-Hudson Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Omar J. Dorsey Omar J. Dorsey
James Orange
Corey Reynolds Corey Reynolds
CT Vivian
Nigel Thatch Nigel Thatch
Christine Horn Christine Horn
Female Marcher
Yamanee Coleman Yamanee Coleman
Church / Funeral Attendant
John Archer Lundgren John Archer Lundgren
Deputized Klansman
Colman Domingo Colman Domingo
E. Roger Mitchell E. Roger Mitchell
Henry G. Sanders Henry G. Sanders
Cager Lee
Trai Byers Trai Byers
James Forman
Tara Ochs Tara Ochs
Kent Faulcon


Kent Faulcon

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Selma to Montgomery-(A Great Moment in History)

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By Gregg L Greer, One World, Editor

On this date in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson informed Alabama’s Governor George Wallace that he will utilize federal authority to order the Alabama National Guard to control a prepared civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery.

Bloody Sunday March
Bloody Sunday March 7, 1965

Bullying and bigotry had earlier blocked Selma’s black population–over half the city–from registering and voting.

On Sunday, March 7, 1965, a gathering of 600 demonstrators marched on the capital city of Montgomery to oppose this disenfranchisement and the earlier murder of a black man, Jimmie Lee Jackson, by a state patrolman. In brutal scenes that aired on television, state and local police assaulted the marchers with billy clubs and tear gas. TV spectators far and wide were outraged by the pictures, and a protest march was organized just forty eight hours after “Bloody Sunday” by Martin Luther King, Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). King directed the marchers to turn back around, nevertheless, rather than carry out the march without federal constitutional support.

After an Alabama federal judge ruled on March 18
After an Alabama federal judge ruled on March 18

After an Alabama federal judge ruled on March 18 that a third march could go forward, President Johnson and his advisers worked instantly to find a way to guarantee the protection of King and his demonstrators on their passage from Selma to Montgomery. The most compelling obstacle in their way was Governor Wallace, an outspoken anti-integrationist who was reluctant to use any state funds on guarding the demonstrators. Hours after vowing to Johnson–in phone calls recorded by the White House–that he would order out the Alabama National Guard to preserve order, Wallace went on television and charged that Johnson should send in federal troops instead.

Johnson himself was calling the guard up and giving them all required support
Johnson himself was calling the guard up and giving them all required support

Infuriated, Johnson then ordered Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach to write a press release stating that because Wallace refused to use the 10,000 prepared guardsmen to preserve order in his state, Johnson himself was calling the guard up and giving them all required support. Some days following, 50,000 marcher joined King in an amazing 54 miles, under the observant perceptions of state and federal troops.

 King delivered his famous "How Long, Not Long" speech from the steps of the Capitol building.
King delivered his famous “How Long, Not Long” speech from the steps of the Capitol building.

Entering safely in Montgomery on March 25, all attended when King delivered his famous “How Long, Not Long” speech from the steps of the Capitol building. The dispute between Johnson and Wallace–and Johnson’s decisive response–was a significant turning point in the civil rights crusade. Within five months, Congress had enacted the Voting Rights Act, which Johnson boastfully endorsed into law on August 6, 1965.

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