Renaming post office after Boynton Robinson is well-deserved

Published 7:42 pm Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Legislation to name the Selma Post Office after civil rights leader Amelia Boynton Robinson has passed the U.S. House of Representatives and will now head to the United States Senate. If it’s passed there, it’ll head to President Barack Obama’s desk.

When you consider all that Boynton Robinson stood for, that only seems fitting.

Boynton Robinson became one of the faces of the voting rights movement after the attack on Bloody Sunday. She was beaten unconscious that day after Sheriff Jim Clark ‘s deputies attacked the protestors. Her image, along with that of many others, was depicted in newspapers all across the country the following day and became a rallying cry for change.

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She was among the leaders who sparked a major change in this country, ensuring equal voting rights for all. She even lived long enough to see all of her courageousness pay off. Last year, she helped Obama lead a ceremonial march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Now, the first African American president in United States history might get the chance to sign a bill renaming the Selma Post Office in her honor. We hope Obama gets the chance to do so.

Although some might argue that all we do in Selma is discuss renaming structures, this honor is well-deserved.

Across the country, post offices are named after people who have made a difference in their communities. This is simply another way to honor someone who helped open doors for so many.