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 citizens, he acknowledged, simply because she was once “born only a iteration previous slavery; a time while there have been no vehicles at the highway or planes within the sky, whilst somebody like her couldn’t vote for 2 reasons—because she was once a lady and thanks to the colour of her skin.”

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

Mrs. Cooper is the liked matriarch of a giant and entire kinfolk who stay during the kingdom, and a long-celebrated elder within the urban of Atlanta, Georgia, the place she raised her kids and has lived so much of her lengthy and remarkable lifestyles. 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, caring for the youngsters.

She met her husband, Dr. Albert Berry Cooper II, whereas he attended Meharry clinical collage in Nashville. They settled in his place of birth of Atlanta, the place he verified a winning perform in dentistry.

When president-elect Obama observed her in his speech, she turned a star, wanted via media from worldwide. In Mrs. Cooper’swords, “All of a surprising, every body desired to talkto me. . . . It was once great they have been , I guess,but I wasn’t so extremely joyful that media and ordinaryfolk have been appearing as though the one intriguing factor I’d everdone used to be vote for a black guy for president. . . .I’d had a lifestyles earlier than CNN and the remaining ‘discovered’me.” and he or she goes to inform you approximately it.

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