When she is not traveling the world to win over people and governments to the policies of Justice, 93 year-old Civil Rights heroine Amelia Boynton Robinson enjoys speaking with school children, teenagers, and young adults, about history, and the lessons and experiences of life.
Many are familiar with her work in the Voting Rights and Civil Rights Movement, for which she was recently honored in Selma, Alabama. (See below.)
An inspiration to students of all ages, including baby boomers and senior citizens, Mrs. Robinson's wisdom and love for humanity is often expressed in metaphors and in parable-like short stories. This particular story, which was recorded in September 1998, is in the tradition of Aesop, and although it was composed originally for children, it is insightful for thinkers of any age.
Mrs. Robinson's musical play, "Through the Years" is well known, and has been performed by school childrenin Washington, DC, but few know that she has also composed many poems and short stories. Her Schiller Institute friends have often been delighted to hear these short works recited by Mrs. Robinson, and now this beautiful little tale, with its surprise ending, has been recorded. We will be adding more audio files soon.
In the photo above , taken at the 40th Anniversary Rememberance of "Bloody Sunday", March 7, 1965, Amelia Boynton Robinson is seated in front of a beautiful monument, unveiled for the occasion, engravedwith the portrait of her and another civil rights fighter, Marie Foster.
As reported in the Selma Times Journal, referring to a fundraising event held to honor the woomen of the movement prior to the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge: