MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The family of Amelia Boynton Robinson has announced funeral arrangements.
The civil rights activist, whose accomplishments were portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film "Selma," died Wednesday at the age of 104.
Three programs are planned in the upcoming week.
- Saturday, Sept. 5, at 9 a.m., the family will gather at Walker Mortuary Services for a procession to Tabernacle Baptist Church. They will walk behind a horse-drawn hearse to the church, along with the foot soldiers of the Selma Movement. Robinson’s body will be in repose from 10 a.m. until the funeral at 11 a.m.
- On Sunday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m., Robinson will lie in state at the Tuskegee University Chapel until the funeral at 1:30 p.m.
- On Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m., there will be a walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
The family has invited various dignitaries and leaders to participate in these program. In lieu of flowers, Robinson requested donations be made to the Amelia Boynton Robinson Foundation. Donations can be made to the foundation at Marion Bank & Trust Company in Selma, according to the family.
President Barack Obama offered his thoughts and prayers, issuing this statement:
Robinson had recently suffered a massive stroke. Her family released a statement confirming her passing:
Boynton was born on August 18, 1911 in Savannah, Georgia. Despite that, she considered Tuskegee her home saying at her 100th birthday celebration "Tuskegee is my heart. Nothing is as dear to me as Tuskegee."
A member of the class of 1927, Robinson visited her alma mater dozens of times in the nearly 90 years after her graduation. Around campus, she was affectionately known as 'Queen Mother.'
"Clearly in her bearing and her words of wisdom that she poured in so many people, including myself, you could easily see and easily recognize that she was a queen, a mother, and all the things that are attributed to those titles," said Tuskegee University President Brian Johnson. "Tuskegee means warrior and indeed, Dr. Robinson was a warrior in both words and works in her quest for justice and equality. The university is deeply, deeply sorrowful at this time but at the same time, we're resonating with celebration with the fact that her legacy will be forever cemented at the university as well as throughout this great nation and world."
In 1964 she became both the first African-American woman and the first female Democratic candidate to run for a seat in Congress from Alabama.
Boynton Robinson played a significant role in 1965's 'Bloody Sunday' and the march from Selma to Montgomery in an effort to secure African-Americans' right to register and vote.
Forty-five years later, a Selma native would follow in Boynton Robinson's footsteps to run for and win that congressional seat. Sewell released a statement saying:
In his State of the Union address earlier in 2015, President Obama spoke about the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March and the right to vote. Boynton's attendance at the State of the Union address came after a special invitation Rep. Terri Sewell, a fellow African-American female, who secured the seat for which Boynton once fought. Sewell represents the people of Selma and Alabama's District 7 in Congress.
Governor Robert Bentley also praised Boynton Robinson calling her a "pioneer". Bentley issued a statement saying:
The head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Charles Steele, Jr., also reacted: