On Tuesday November 4, 2008, President-elect Barack Obama reflected on the life of Anne Nixon Cooper: “she’s seen throughout her century in America—the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told we can’t; and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes, we can.”?
Empowered and energized by this history-making presidential campaign, Mrs. Cooper will tell her story in her own voice. A Century and Some Change is the portrait of an American who lived a rewarding and culturally rich life despite racial discrimination and economic struggles.
Beloved by her extended family and in her community of Atlanta, where she is celebrated by both the famous and the nameless, Mrs. Cooper will share what she has learned throughout her 107 years of life.
Along with Mrs. Cooper’s story, A Century and Some Change will include photographs and the perspectives of those who know her. Like President Obama said, Mrs. Cooper’s life story reveals the character of everyday Americans and of society as a whole.
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Ann Nixon Cooper lives in Atlanta. At age 107, this is her first book.
Karen Grigsby Bates is a Los Angeles-based correspondent for NPR News, the author of the Alex Powell mystery series, and co-author, wih Karen Elyse Hudson, of the best-selling etiquette book Basic Black: Home Training For Modern Times. She and her husband, photographer Bruce W. Talamon, are the parents of a college-aged son.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this book about Mrs. Ann Nixon Cooper's extraordinary life. The book is filled with wonderful photos of Mrs. Cooper, her family, and important African Americans. I first met Mrs. Cooper in 1996, when she was 94 years young through doing genealogical research for my book The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation: Stories of My Family's Journey to Freedom (also published by Atria Books). Mrs. Cooper shared information about her early years when, after the death of her parents, she had been raised by her aunt Joyce Washington Nixon who was born a slave on Wessyngton Plantation during the Civil War. Mrs. Cooper recounted many wonderful stories. I told her that a book should be written about her life, and she admitted that she had often heard that suggestion. Who knew then that a book would be written when she was 107 years old! Karen Grisby Bates did an outstanding job in telling Mrs. Cooper's story. Since I knew Mrs. Cooper personally, when I read the book it was as if I was sitting in her lovely home attentively listening to her. Although Mrs. Cooper had told me many things about her family history and early life as a youth in Nashville, there were many fascinating stories that I had never heard before. Mrs. Cooper was already a celebrity in Atlanta and in the eyes of all her family and friends who knew and loved her before November 2008 when she became a part of American history. Now thanks to this book, everyone will know what an interesting life she lived more than a century before President Barack Obama called her name.
Ann Nixon Cooper became famous when Barack Obama mentioned her in his speech the night he was elected the first black President of the United States. She voted for him at the age of 106. This book is the story of her life before that event. She was born a black (the term she preferred for her race) woman in 1902, one of eight children born to a tenant farmer and his wife near Shelbyville, TN. Her mother could read, one of the few in the area who could, and Ann remembers people coming round their house so her mother could read letters for them. Her mother died, though, when Ann was 11, and she went to live with her aunt in Nashville. There wasn't money for her to go to college, and she worked for two years until she married a dentist, A. B. Cooper, at age twenty. They moved to Atlanta where they lived the rest of their lives. He died in 1967, after their four children were grown. She lived until December 21st, 2009, outliving three of her children and some of her grand- and great-grandchildren.The book is a valuable record for historians. Mrs. Cooper was remarkable in that her great age spanned so much change, especially so for a black woman. She addresses segregation and its difficulties. She was a woman of the middle class, and knew so many black leaders, including the King family, Andrew Young, Atlanta's first black mayor Maynard Jackson and its first female black mayor Shirley Franklin. She was active in many civic organizations, including starting Atlanta's first black Boy Scout troop.The book is also a treasure because of the many photos included, which make the story more real and personal.I wish I could have known this vibrant and vital woman.