December 2008 Issue • Volume 36 • Issue 9

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Ann Nixon Cooper, the 106-year-old black voter from Atlanta singled out by President-elect Barack Obama as a symbol of the great significance of his election victory during his acceptance speech, is the grandmother of Harvard sociologist Lawrence Bobo. "It was a very moving thing to have Obama feature her so prominently in his election night speech," said Bobo. Also of interest to sociologists, she was very good friends with E. Franklin Frazier and his wife and knew W.E.B. Du Bois as well. In addition, she knew Martin Luther King Jr. when he was a boy and was close with his mother. She and her late husband, dentist Albert Cooper, raised four children, including Joyce Nixon Cooper Bobo. Nixon was an activist who co-founded a Girls Club for black youths and taught community residents in Atlanta to read. Obama had learned of her story two weeks earlier after CNN profiled her when she went to the polls to vote early. small_green

 

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