Yesha Callahan

92 Year Old Black Woman Files Lawsuit After NC Gov Signs Voter ID Law

92 Year Old Black Woman Files Lawsuit After NC Gov Signs Voter ID Law

On the heels of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signing a voter ID measure into law,  92-year-old Rosanell Eaton  has sued the state claiming that her constitutional rights had been violated. The NAACP filed the lawsuit on behalf of Eaton, stating that she will be disenfranchised after voting for 70 years.

“Mrs. Eaton, who was born at home, has a current North Carolina driver’s license, but the name on her certified birth certificate does not match the name on her driver’s license or the name on her voter registration card,” the lawsuit notes. “Mrs. Eaton will incur substantial time and expense to correct her identification documents to match her voter registration record in order to meet the new requirements.”

Eaton has been quite verbal about the state’s voting measures:

North Carolina is the first state to adopt a discriminatory voting law since the Supreme Court struck down the key parts of the Voting Rights Act in June.

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice also filed a lawsuit focusing on provisions that suppress early voting, voter registration and “out of precinct” voting.
Welcome back to Jim Crow.


  1. August 14, 2013 - Reply

    I’m taking a Civil Rights and Black Power Course at the University of Minnesota and I am lrealizing that history is definitely repeating itself. It’s time for the black community today to put in major work like the trailblazers and leaders did in the past.

    • August 14, 2013 - Reply


      i know right because making an appearance is charity nowadays and activism is antiquated smh

  2. August 14, 2013 - Reply

    This is crazy. CSV, could you perhaps post some of the readings from your class? Especially if they are books.

    • August 15, 2013 - Reply


      Here’s the reading list we had for the course:

      -Sisters in the Struggle:African American Women in the Civil Rights- Black Power Movement
      -Martin Luther King, Jr. by Peter J. Ling
      -Waiting ’till the Midnight Hour by Peniel E. Joseph
      -My Soul is Rested:Movement days in the Deep south Remembered by Howell Raines
      -Kwanzaa: Black Power and the Making of the African-American Holiday tradition by Keith Mayes

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