“Obama praises lead plaintiff in NC voting-rights lawsuit”

News & Observer:

Rosanell Eaton, a 94-year-old Franklin County resident who had to recite the preamble to the U.S. Constitution to three county registrars in the 1940s to be eligible to vote, got a special mention this week from the U.S. president.

President Barack Obama described his admiration for Eaton in a letter to the editor of The New York Times after the magazine’s Aug. 2 article about a 50-year campaign to dismantle protections in the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

In that letter, published Wednesday in response to the piece by Jim Rutenberg, Obama said he was “inspired to read about unsung American heroes like Rosanell Eaton.”

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