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Amelia Boynton Robinson

Opinion: Pattie Ruffner Jacobs wanted to keep Amelia Boynton Robinson out of the voting booth

On Monday night, I received a text message from my mother with photo attachments portraying TV news coverage of the first women to be introduced into the Alabama Department of Archives and History Statuary Hall. She confessed, “I have never heard of neither one of them.” At first glance, I was elated. Finally, women are being recognized for their activism in the face of daunting opposition. And then my elation curdled into outrage. Pattie Ruffner Jacobs campaigned based on the idea of her presence squeezing Amelia Boynton Robinson out of the voting booth. Jacobs and Robinson both advocated for voting rights, but whose rights they were fighting for makes all the difference.
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Amelia Boynton Robinson

Her beating helped galvanize the civil rights movement. She lay sprawled unconscious in the road, beaten and gassed by Alabama state troopers. A White officer with a billy club stood over her. The woman was Amelia Boynton Robinson, and a famous photo of that shocking moment helped galvanize the civil...
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