Amelia Boynton Robinson: Civil Rights


Civil rights activist Amelia Boynton helped Martin Luther King Jr. plan the Selma to Montgomery March on Bloody Sunday, which led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Some 600 protesters arrived to participate in the event, which would come to be known as “Bloody Sunday.” On the Edmund Pettus Bridge, over the Alabama River in Selma, marchers were attacked by policemen with tear gas and billy clubs. Seventeen protesters were sent to the hospital, including Boynton, who had been beaten unconscious. A newspaper photo of Boynton lying bloody and beaten drew national attention to the cause. Bloody Sunday prompted President Lyndon B. Johnson to sign the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965, with Boynton attending as the landmark event’s guest of honor.

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Hosea Williams: Civil Rights



Williams founded the Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless Food international aid organization in 1971. HFTH has since donated billions of dollars of food, medical and educational supplies to recipients in Georgia, Uganda, the Philippines and the Ivory Coast.

In 1974, Williams won election to the Georgia State Assembly. He remained a representative for the next decade, until he resigned and his wife took over his seat. From 1985 to 1990, Williams was a member of the Atlanta City Council. From 1990 to 1994, he served as DeKalb County commissioner.

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