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Amelia Boynton Robinson, 2015
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"Bloody Sunday" Event c. 2015 Amelia Boynton Robinson was one of the key figures who helped organize a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama for voting rights. On March 7, 1965, 600 protesters led by John Lewis marched on the Edmund Pettus Bridge over the Alabama River into Selma. The protesters were attacked by policemen with tear gas and billy clubs. A newspaper photograph of my beaten unconscious body lying on the bridge drew national attention. This event, known as "Bloody Sunday," contributed to the passage of the Voting Rights Act. The march from Selma to Montgomery was completed on March 24, 1965 with federal protection.