Thursday, October 30, 2008

Daughter Of Slave Votes For Obama

Some slightly more inspirational news out of my home state:

Amanda Jones, 109, the daughter of a man born into slavery, has lived a life long enough to touch three centuries. And after voting consistently as a Democrat for 70 years, she has voted early for the country's first black presidential nominee.

The middle child of 13, Jones, who is African American, is part of a family that has lived in Bastrop County for five generations. The family has remained a fixture in Cedar Creek and other parts of the county, even when its members had to eat at segregated barbecue dives and walk through the back door while white customers walked through the front, said Amanda Jones' 68-year-old daughter, Joyce Jones...

Amanda Jones' father urged her to exercise her right to vote, despite discriminatory practices at the polls and poll taxes meant to keep black and poor people from voting. Those practices were outlawed for federal elections with the 24th Amendment in 1964, but not for state and local races in Texas until 1966.

Amanda Jones says she cast her first presidential vote for Franklin Roosevelt, but she doesn't recall which of his four terms that was. When she did vote, she paid a poll tax, her daughters said. That she is able, for the first time, to vote for a black presidential nominee for free fills her with joy, Jones said.
I never really feel like an adult anyway but it really floors me that this lady and fellow Obama supporter is still over three times my age; I could not even imagine seeing the changes the world has undergone over her lifetime. My buddy PK posted a similar story about a 110 year old gentleman from Oakland earlier this month over at Intrepid Californio.


Jeremy said...

Stories like this excite me. Imagine what changes my lifetime will hold.

Anonymous said...

That woman looks related to Yoda.

JBW said...

I was thinking she looks more like Morla, the giant turtle from The Neverending Story.