Rosanell Eaton

1921 - 2018 (Age 97)


Rosanell Eaton (1921 – 2018) was a lead plaintiff in a 2013 lawsuit in North Carolina that overturned unfair voting restrictions.

She joined the lawsuit to contest a state law that required prospective voters to present photo identification, did not allow them to register the same day that they planned to vote, and shortened the early voting period.

In 2016, a federal court ruled that the restrictions were designed to discourage black voters who usually supported democrats. The Supreme Court heard the case and a 4-4 ruling meant it would not reinstate the restrictions.

Eaton grew up on a farm and attended segregated schools. She became a voting rights advocate after dealing with various racist acts including crosses burned in her yard. The first time she went to vote in 1942, she was forced to recite the preamble to the Constitution. She recited it perfectly, overcoming the oppressive voting test. The former teacher estimated that she helped thousands of people register to vote.

For her dedication to civil rights, President Obama invited her to the White House in 2016.

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May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

With heartfelt sympathy. Please accept my deepest condolences. May you continue to cherish her precious memories together. May you find comfort in the God of all comfort to offer you comfort and the strength to endure during these difficult times ahead.

Mrs. Eaton was strong woman and a fighter. Papers dont even express the adjustments or challenges she faced in life. Her heartfelt determination echoed the words - For there is no partiality with God. (Romans 2:11). True, a certain race may have different skin color, facial features, or hair texture from your own, but Mrs. Eaton viewed all of us as our Heavenly Father does, as one, the human race.

My sincere condolences for the loss of your beloved friend, Mrs. Eaton. May our...

What a courageous woman and a very brave thing to do in 1942, obviously a role model to all who were willing to give up but didn't because of Ms. Eaton. Giving up is always easier than fighting for what's right luckily that was not Ms. Eaton's way. May the Lord be with the family during this time.

To the family and friends of Rosanell Eaton my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this bereaved time. May the God of all comfort be with you all for the peace, you all need during this time.

My heart felt condolences to Ms.Eatons family. She was a brave woman who did and took a stand that ment something. Some people wouldn't had done what she had done to help others to get the chance to vote. Thank you for caring.

My sincere condolences to the family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. May the God who binds up the broken hearted comfortso all who mourn sustain your family during this challenging time. Isaiah 61: 1, 2.

To the family and friends of Ms. Rosanell:

May God bless you all and strengthen you during the time of your loss.

DS, Hampton, Virginia