Ann Nixon Cooper, ripe at the age of 106, who was one of the first citizens to vote in November 4 polls, was enthralled at Barack Obama mentioning her name in his victory speech..
Cooper, one of the oldest voters for the nation’s first black president, had been tipped off by the Obama campaign that she would be mentioned in his acceptance speech. Toward the end, she got her moment.
Obama introduced the world to a woman who “was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn’t vote for two reasons — because she was a woman and because of the colour of her skin.”
“Tonight, I think about all that she’s seen throughout her century in America — the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can’t, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can,” he said.
Cooper first registered to vote in 1941. Though she was friends with elite black Atlantans like W E B Du Bois, because of her status as a black woman in a segregated society, she didn’t vote for years. Instead, she deferred to her husband — Dr Albert Cooper, an Atlanta dentist — who “voted for the house.”