A Century and Some Change: My Life Before the President by Ann Nixon Cooper

By Ann Nixon Cooper

President-elect Barack Obama mirrored at the lifetime of Ann Nixon Cooper on Tuesday, November four, 2008, singling her out of thousands of electorate, he stated, simply because she used to be “born only a new release prior slavery; a time while there have been no autos at the highway or planes within the sky, while anyone like her couldn’t vote for 2 reasons—because she was once a lady and due to the colour of her skin.”

Energized via this history-making presidential crusade, Mrs. Cooper now stocks her tale, her existence prior to the president known as her identify, in her personal voice, with the help of bestselling writer Karen Grigsby Bates.

Mrs. Cooper is the loved matriarch of a giant and entire relations who stay in the course of the state, and a long-celebrated elder within the urban of Atlanta, Georgia, the place she raised her teenagers and has lived such a lot of her lengthy and amazing existence. She was once born and raised in Bedford County, Tennessee, close to Nashville, on January nine, 1902. Her father used to be a tenant farmer, and her mom labored at domestic, taking good care of the youngsters.

She met her husband, Dr. Albert Berry Cooper II, whereas he attended Meharry clinical university in Nashville. They settled in his homeland of Atlanta, the place he demonstrated a profitable perform in dentistry.

When president-elect Obama talked about her in his speech, she grew to become a celeb, wanted by means of media from around the world. In Mrs. Cooper’swords, “All of a surprising, everybody desired to talkto me. . . . It was once great they have been , I guess,but I wasn’t so delighted that media and ordinaryfolk have been performing as though the one fascinating factor I’d everdone was once vote for a black guy for president. . . .I’d had a lifestyles ahead of CNN and the remainder ‘discovered’me.” and he or she goes to inform you approximately it.

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