The Life of Ann Nixon Cooper

  • Ann Is Born

    Ann Is Born
    Ann Nixon Cooper was born in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Ann's parents and grandparents lived in the time of slavery. There were no cars on the roads or airplanes in the sky. Neither women nor African Americans were allowed to vote, especially not both. What does this image tell you about Ann's childhood?
  • Women allowed to Vote

    Women allowed to Vote
    Ann is 18 years old. White women are allowed to vote across the United States of America. But African Americans are not allowed to vote. What does the clothing in this picture tell you about the people who were allowed to vote?
  • The Great Depression

    The Great Depression
    Ann is 27 years old. The Great Depression strikes the United States. This means that no one in the United States had a job or any money. Infact the whole world was stuck in a period of high unemployment and poverty. Men would travel from city to city hoping to find jobs but no one would help them. In Canada who takes care of the sick and the poor when they cant find work?
  • Bombing Of Pearl Harbour

    Bombing Of Pearl Harbour
    Ann is 40 years old. Japanese war planes bombed an American military base in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii. The USA was not involved in the war when they were attacked. After they immediately entered World War II. Is it fair to bomb a country that is not involved in war?
  • Rosa Parks

    Rosa Parks
    Ann is 53 years old. Rosa Parks was a black woman who refused to give up her seat on the bus for a white woman. She became famous, and started the Montgomery Bus Boycott which helped in the movement for African American Rights.
    How does Rosa display Courage?
  • Martin Luther King Jr.

    Martin Luther King Jr.
    Ann turns 54 today. This year she will witness Martin Luther King Jr. rally people together to end racism. He tried to convince americans to treat all people equally. He was inspired by and worked with Rosa Parks. He was famous for the "I Have a Dream" speech. His dream was to see young white children and young black children playing together and living in peace. He also won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, like Mother Teresa, and Al Gore. What virtues do you think Martin Luther King Jr. valued?
  • Voting Rights Act

    Voting Rights Act
    Ann is 63 years old and she is able to vote for the first time in her life. As a result of the hard work by Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the act that allowed all African Americans to vote. This is considered monumental for the civil rights movement in the USA. What virtues do you think inspired Lydon B. Johnson to change the laws in favor of African Americans?
  • First Man to Walk on the Moon

    First Man to Walk on the Moon
    Ann is 67 years old. She watched a man walk on the moon from her living room. This was a major event for the entire world because it proved that humans can do anything they put their minds to. If we have the technology to put a man on the moon, why can't we treat all people equally?
  • Fall of the Berlin Wall

    Fall of the Berlin Wall
    Ann is 87 years old. The Berlin Wall was a large wall that split the city of Berlin in half. If you lived on one side of the city and you tried to go to the other side you would be killed. People were separated from thier family members and treated very badly. The wall was up for 28 years. It was a symbol of tyranny and violence in the world. When it came down it was a major step towards peace in Germany and Europe and was a sign of social change and hope for the rest of the world.
  • The Information Age

    The Information Age
    At age 88 Ann witnessed a change in the world. The world changed from a quiet place with no cars or airplanes to a busy place with amazing new technology. Developments such as the computer, internet, cell phones, video games, drastically changed the world she lived in. What do you think the most important change she witnessed was?
  • Ann Nixon Cooper Votes

    Ann Nixon Cooper Votes
    At the age of 106 Ann, an African American women voted electronically for the very first African American President. This symbolizes the dramatic change that has happened in the past 106 years of her life. It is inspiring to think what can happen in the next 106 years. Can you imagine the possibilities?