Sadie Pearson, 84, in her front yard on a recent Sunday, moved to Madison in the 1960s to escape Jim Crow in the South. (Sara Stathas/For The Washington Post)
A Wisconsin matriarch and her granddaughter take seriously their role in American democracy
Updated September 5, 2022 at 7:00 a.m. EDT|Published September 3, 2022 at 7:00 a.m. EDT
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MADISON, Wis. — Sadie Pearson still remembers the first time she voted. It was 1964, and after years of being barred from the ballot box in Florida, she was able to participate in her first election at age 26 on the south side of Madison.
“I was just crying in that little booth, thinking, ‘Oh God, thank you, you brought me out of the South so I could vote here,’” said Pearson, 84. “I just prayed and cried. I didn’t know what to vote for, except for the president, but I said to myself, ‘I’m still going to vote for everything.’ ”
But she is troubled by the current debates over voting rights and the…
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