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At 106 years old, Cooper went to the early voting polls in Atlanta and proudly cast her vote for the first black president of the U.S.; something she didn't think she'd live to see. On election night, President-elect Obama thanked her publicly in his acceptance speech. In this engaging memoir, Cooper recalls her life before her recent fame. She grew up in a tenant-farming family of eight children in rural Tennessee. After her mother died and the children were divided among relatives, Cooper went off to Nashville and later married a dentist and moved to Atlanta. She recalls her life of raising four children, involvement in social and civic activities, and friendships with prominent families, including that of Martin Luther King Jr. She recounts years of struggle and progress on racial issues in Atlanta and the nation, along with changes in fashion and social mores. Widowed after 45 years of marriage, she maintained an active social and family life, eventually surviving three of her four children. Photographs add to this portrait of a long and active life well lived.--Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2010 Booklist