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My Elderly Space

A look at the remarkable lives of the elderly

 

Centenarian featured in Obama's victory speech

Ann Nixon Cooper sometimes refers to Barack Obama as "that young man". After all, she is 106 years old.

In his victory speech, Obama had a special place for Cooper: "But one that's on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She's a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing -- Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.

"She 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 color of her skin.

"And 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."

 

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