"Rosanell Eaton, age 92, was one of the first African-Americans to vote in [20th century] North Carolina — even as the state tried its best to stop her. When she reached the age of eligibility back in the 1940s, as a prerequisite for registering to vote (reserved only for African-Americans), Eaton was forced to recite the preamble to the U.S. Constitution. She passed this literacy test with flying colors. From that day forward, she worked to help other members of her community register and vote, even in the face of crosses burned on her front lawn and gunshots fired below her bedroom window as menacing retaliation for her faithful efforts to expand the franchise.”
Eaton was recently arrested in North Carolina for her participation in the Moral Monday Protests.