TUSKEGEE, Ala. (June 18, 2013) —Amelia Boynton Robinson, a civil rights pioneer and community activist, recently donated her personal memorabilia collection to Tuskegee University. Robinson, Class of 1927, is best known as one of the protesters in the “Bloody Sunday” march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. in 1965. She was brutally beaten with clubs and tear-gassed by state troopers during the protest. Much of her donation includes items chronicling her time in the Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and 1960s.
In addition to her work for voters’ rights, Robinson was also the first black woman in Alabama to run for a seat in Congress and the first female of any race to run for this seat on the Democratic ticket. At 102 years-old, she still travels, nationally and internationally, to advocate for human and civil rights. In 2011, Robinson was acknowledged for her continuous service and dedication by the university when she was given the Booker T. Washington Legacy Award.
The Tuskegee University Archives plans to house a permanent display of the Amelia Boynton Robinson Collection that consists of approximately 3,000 images including several individual pictures and photo albums. Also, the donation includes awards and documents that poignantly highlight Robinson’s later activities as a civil rights advocate. An accomplished author and speaker, Robinson is also donating an extensive library of books and speeches that will give researchers insight into a complicated period in America’s history.
“The Tuskegee University Archives deeply appreciates the foresight of Dr. Robinson to include her materials as part of our important collections,” said university archivist Dana Chandler.