Rosanell Eaton

American civil rights activist Rosanell Eaton was born on April 14, 1921, in Louisburg, North Carolina and died on December 8, 2018.

At just 21 years old, Rosanell Eaton became one of the first African Americans to vote in her county after completing a literacy test.

Rosanell Eaton was responsible for the registration of more than 4,000 citizens to vote in North Carolina.

Former President Obama, in his response to the New York Times cover story on “Efforts over the last 50 years to dismantle the protections in the Voting Rights Act of 1965”, wrote that he was inspired by people like Rosanell Eaton, in August 2015.

Rosanell Eaton passed away 97 years old.


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