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"This is great history for me..."

by Nina D. Bennett
Nov 16, 2008
Zion Ministries United Methodist Church - North Las Vegas, NV 89030
Soft-spoken Thelma Johnson remembers the long time before African Americans attained the right to vote in her home state of Texas. "In Texas, it was a long time before we had voting rights there. I registered to vote when I was 21, and I've been voting every since I was 21 years old," she shared. Mrs. Johnson chose to vote early at the senior center within the Martin Luther King Community Resource Center, in North Las Vegas, NV. She described the convenience afforded her as a senior citizen, as well as accommodations made by poll workers on her behalf. Mrs. Johnson did not encounter crowds or long lines, and attributes that to voting early. Regarding the outcome of the election, I couldn't help but vicariously envision the history she has experienced as she reflected, "I am just grateful to see history exchanging again...and I know and feel within my heart we are going to succeed....Things is going to get better because the change is on its way." She closed our interview with the following thoughts: " proud to see an African American President of the United States of America. This is great history for me."