Mississippi Man, 99, Born To A Louisiana Sharecropper Casts His Vote

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A Mississippi Black man, who was born on a plantation 99 years in the past, was in a position to forged his poll this election.

In accordance with CNN, Robert H. Smith Sr. was born Could 9, 1921, the son of a sharecropper in Rayville, Louisiana. Smith served within the Military throughout World Conflict II and was a university professor at quite a few HBCUs.

Smith stood in line in Jackson, Mississippi to drop off his poll on October 24. ABC News experiences that he stood in line whereas carrying his face masks and an “I Voted” sticker.

“I keep in mind after I couldn’t vote,” Smith advised the community.

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Smith says he wasn’t allowed to register to vote in Louisiana when he turned 21 in 1942. He was in a position to forged his first poll in 1946 after he returned from World Conflict II.

Smith would later earn his bachelor’s diploma from Southern College (now Southern College and A&M School) in Baton Rouge, and his grasp’s diploma on the College of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Afterward, Smith was employed as a professor at Florida A&M College in Tallahassee and labored there for 20 years.

“I lived by the entire technique of gaining the poll, so with the ability to take part was satisfying for me,” Smith advised CNN. “It was very pleasing to see so many individuals out to vote. And to be part of the thrill that was happening round me.”