Free Selma Screening and Q&A with Civil Rights Legend Amelia Boynton Robinson
On June 14, 2015, Manhattan’s United Palace House of Inspiration (UPHI) will host a special Q&A with Dr. Amelia Boynton Robinson to share her experience during the peaceful march from Selma to Montgomery in March 1965, which came to be known as Bloody Sunday after a violent crackdown on demonstrators.
"I was beaten, tear-gassed and left for dead." , Amelia says when sharing about experience
The photo of her lying unconscious on the ground and the events of that day galvanized national public opinion as she brought Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Alabama to lead a 25,000-person march to Montgomery, and led to the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson.
In celebration of the June 14 conversation with Dr. Boynton Robinson at UPHI, the United Palace is offering a free screening of "Selma” on Friday, June 12. Doors open at 6:30pm followed by the movie at 7:30pm.
Before the movie a choir will sing the Oscar-winning song “Glory,” originally performed by John Legend and the rapper Common.
This heroic woman, a still vital 103 years young, who has dedicated her life to the cause of civil rights for African-Americans and has been called the Matriarch of the Voting Rights Movement, will appear as a featured guest at 12:00 Noon, on Sunday, June 14, at United Palace House of Inspiration, Broadway at 175th Street, in New York City.
Dr. Boynton Robinson will answer questions from the UPHI congregation about the momentous events she helped set into motion 50 years ago when she invited Dr. Martin Luther King to join the Selma voting rights demonstrations.
This is a rare opportunity for a new generation to hear a first-person eyewitness account about events that continue to reverberate today.
Xavier Eikerenkoetter, Spiritual Leader of UPHI and son of its founder Rev. Ike, notes the conversation will include the voices of other prominent speakers as well.
“We expect that political leaders, Civil Rights groups, New York City school children, and members of neighboring churches will fill our huge 3,400-seat church to overflowing,” Xavier noted.
The 1965 marches have been in the news recently, both because President Obama, with Dr. Boynton Robinson by his side, honored the marches’ 50th anniversary just two months ago and because they were the focus of the Academy Award-winning movie “Selma,” which was released last year.
More information about Amelia Boynton Robinson, can be found at her website at www.AmeliaBoynton.org