Amelia Boynton Robinson
Amelia Boynton Robinson was born in Savannah, Georgia. Boynton was passionate about improving the lives of African-American members of her community, particularly sharecroppers. Her early activism included co-founding the Dallas County Voters League in 1933, which held black voter registration drives in Selma, Alabama, from the 1930s through the 1950s. 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. She won 10% of the vote. In a 1965 civil rights march (“Bloody Sunday”) Boynton drew national attention to the Civil Rights Movement when she was beaten unconscious. In later years, Boynton would serve as vice chair of the Schiller Institute, continuing to promote civil and human rights.