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1962 African American voters honored in Tallulah

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TALLULAH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - While many are at the polls for the election, a group of voters are being honored in for their perseverance.

Cleo Brown is celebrating ten years since she released her book "Witness to the truth", but many East Carroll families have come together to celebrate the story it tells.

"They had to allow black people to register to vote," says Brown, "so the registrar promptly closed the office down and so they still couldn't register to vote."

Although African American men received voting rights nationwide in 1870, according to Brown, her parents and other black residents in East Carroll Parish were still not allowed to cast a ballot. After years of fighting for their rights and proving their citizenship and knowledge, 26 men and women were allowed to cast a ballot in 1962.

"Make an application to federal court, and that's what they did," says Brown, "they had to take a civics test, they had to read the Preamble, they had to write the Preamble."

The families of those voters were given certificates of appreciation, articles found during Brown's lengthy research, and most importantly, the chance to remember their loved ones. A chance to thank those that came before them for the fight they fought for everyone.

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