Civil Rights Icon Dies at 104

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A civil rights icon dies at the age of 104 and now all that is left are memories of her bravery.

Amelia Boynton Robinson was originally from Savannah, and her death comes after more than eight decades of service to her cause.

Those who knew her say she may have looked like just anyone’s grandmother, but she was a soldier for equal rights until the very end.

Just a few years ago she visited her hometown to speak with students at Savannah State to encourage them to continue pushing for progress.

Savannah NAACP First VP Richard Shinhoster tells News 3 he learned about her bravery at an early age.

“My brother told us the stories of this courageous woman who defied the state troopers and others when told to stop,” said Shinhoster. “That just persisted.”

A leader of the civil rights movement in Selma, AL, Boynton Robinson nearly died during the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965.

50 Years later, President Barack Obama held her hand as he walked across that same bridge, honoring the anniversary of what became known as “Bloody Sunday.”

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