Amelia Boynton Robinson, Civil Rights Activist Depicted in ‘Selma,’ Dead at 104

“Orange Is the New Black” actress Lorraine Toussaint, who played Robinson in the film, tweeted a photo from her bedside Wednesday

Last Updated: August 28, 2015 @ 10:38 AM

Civil rights activist Amelia Boynton Robinson, who was depicted by Lorraine Toussaint in the movie “Selma,” died on Wendesday. She was 104.

Boynton Robinson suffered a stroke last month and was hospitalized in Montgomery, Alabama. Born in Georgia, the educator and eventual civil rights leader was a key figure in the Selma to Montgomery marches, which were covered extensively in the Ava DuVernay film.

The first attempt to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge into the county became known as Bloody Sunday, as police halted the march and beat demonstrators. Boynton was rendered unconscious and a famous photograph of her lying on on the bridge was seen around the world. Two marches later, the activists made it, with their efforts contributing to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, where Boynton was President Lyndon Johnson’s guest of honor at the signing.

Boynton and first husband Samuel W. Robinson had two sons together, Bill Jr. and Bruce Carver Boynton.

“I join the angels this day in a standing ovation for Ms. Amelia Boynton,” Toussaint, who is best known for her role on Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” tweeted on Wednesday. “Safe travels Ms. Amelia, I love you.”

Toussaint shared a deleted scene — titled “There Is No Peace Here” — from “Selma” in her farewell post to twitter. Watch the video above.

Here are Toussaint’s tweets: