08.26.15

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Remembers Amelia Boynton Robinson

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Lee released the following statement on the passing of Amelia Boynton Robinson, the first African American woman to run for Congress in Alabama and a leader of the civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama:
 

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Amelia Boynton Robinson today. 
 
Amelia was a trailblazer. Throughout her 104 years, she championed civil rights and worked tirelessly to realize justice and equality for all Americans. 
 
Through her bravery in Selma, her groundbreaking campaign for Congress and her lifelong advocacy for racial justice, Amelia’s service made our nation a better place. 
 
We must honor her memory by continuing her work to achieve full equality and justice.”


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Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and co-chair of the Progressive Caucus. She serves as chair of the Whip’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity.