Pitts: People like John Lewis paid a heavy cost for voting rights – News – The Fayetteville Observer

I don’t care who you vote for or what party. But don’t tell me you don’t have time to do it.

I registered to vote as soon as I turned 18.

My birthday fell a couple of weeks after the election between George H.W. Bush and Mike Dukakis, so I did not wind up voting until the ‘92 election when I was in college.

My mother had a different experience.

She turned 18 in 1959. She grew up in rural Hulett, Georgia, an unincorporated community about 45 minutes west of Atlanta.

She could not register or vote that year. In Georgia and most parts of the south, African Americans were barred from the ballot due to Jim Crow-era segregation.

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