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 Ann Louise <I>Nixon</I> Cooper

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Ann Louise Nixon Cooper

Atlanta, Georgia centenarian hailed by President Barack Obama in his election night speech in 2008. Also noted member of the African-American community of Atlanta and an activist for civil rights. She was born and attended school in her native Tennessee. After the death of her mother, she and her six siblings were separated, and an aunt raised Ann. In 1922, Ann Nixon married Albert Berry Cooper, a young dentist in Nashville, Tennessee. Soon after, the Coopers moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where Dr. Cooper established a highly successful dental practice, and the young couple started their family of four children. Cooper served as a homemaker for most of her life, working briefly in 1923 as a policy writer for the Atlanta Life Insurance Company, which had been established in 1905 by African American barber Alonzo Herndon. Cooper was a vibrant member of Atlanta's African American elite for more than eighty years. During the first half of the 20th century, she and her husband counted as friends or acquaintances such luminaries as educators W.E.B. Du Bois, Lugenia Burns Hope and John Hope Franklin, Benjamin E. Mays and E. Franklin Frazier. She was an adult eyewitness to life in Georgia during two world wars, the Great Depression, and the efforts of whites to maintain segregation. Cooper worked to improve conditions in the African American community for much of her adult life. For more than fifty years, she has served on the board of directors of the Gate City Nursery Association. She was a founder of a Girls Club for African American youth in Atlanta, and in the 1970s, she taught people to read in a tutoring program at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. In 1980, Cooper received a community service award for her activism from Atlanta's WXIA-TV. In 2002, she was awarded the Annie L. McPheeters Medallion for community service from the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History. The centenarian was the oldest living member of the Atlanta Chapter of the Links, Inc. and had been a member of the Utopian Literary Club since 1948. On the evening of November 4, 2008, after being elected the first African American president of the United States President-elect Obama mentioned Ann Cooper in his acceptance speech and stated that her life exemplified the struggle and hope of the African American experience of the 20th and 21st centuries. She saw the changing times from the Great Depression and the "Jim Crow" South to the Civil Rights Movement, new technologies and the election of the first African American United States president. Cooper passed away at the age of 107.


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  • Created by: Curtis Jackson
  • Added: 30 Dec 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 46128522
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ann Louise Nixon Cooper (9 Jan 1902–21 Dec 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 46128522, citing South View Cemetery, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Curtis Jackson (contributor 46552524) .