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US Civil Rights Activist Amelia Boynton Robinson Dies at 104

Civil rights activist Amelia Boynton Robinson (in wheelchair, dressed in blue) holds President Barack Obama's hand, as she is being pushed across Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, for the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday."

Amelia Boynton Robinson, a civil rights activist who nearly died while helping lead the 1965 Selma march on “Bloody Sunday,” championed voting rights for blacks and was the first black woman to run for Congress in Alabama, has died. She was 104.

Her son, Bruce Boynton, said she had been hospitalized after suffering multiple strokes and died early Wednesday in Montgomery.

Robinson invited Dr. 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 U.S. president, walked alongside her across the span as she was being pushed in a wheelchair during 50th anniversary commemorations in March.