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Resident offers gift of optimism

Voter sign-up drive honors him

LAKE CITY — When President Kennedy was elected in 1960, there was a good chance many Southern blacks didn't cast a vote.

It wasn't that they didn't support Kennedy — or Richard Nixon, his opponent — it was because it would be five more years before the Voting Rights Act of 1965 guaranteed them federal protection in casting their ballots.

In the 100 years after the Civil War, Southern blacks were kept from the ballot boxes through practices such as literacy tests and poll taxes. The discrimination led to marches, registration drives and speeches like the one given by the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"On behalf of all those, in the South, who cannot vote this November, but through the power of your vote shall yet be free to cast their ballots, I appeal to you — each of you — to go to the polls and vote," said King.

It was one of King's dreams.It has been less than 50 years since that historic Act was signed into law. William Thompson, 63, was a young teenager. By the time he turned 18 and became eligible to vote, Americans were putting that struggle behind them.

Thompson, a resident living at Lake City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, will be giving his own speech today and spearheading a voter registration drive. All Americans have the right to vote without harassment and Thompson wants to provide a way for them to cast a ballot if they choose.

It's his dream.

Through Crossroads Hospice's Gift of a Day program, Thompson was given a unique opportunity to answer one simple question: "If you had one day left, how would you spend it?"

"To make a positive impact," was Thompson's reply.

During this afternoon's patriotic-themed voter registration drive, Thompson will speak on the importance of voting and being an involved citizen. Invited guests include Thompson's family, Lake City Mayor Willie Oswalt, Lake City police Chief David Colwell, other nursing residents and Crossroads Hospice staff. All-American hamburgers and hot dogs will also be served.

The event begins at 2:30 p.m. and is expected to continue until 4 p.m. The facility is at 2055 Rex Road. To register to vote in Georgia, a person must be a U.S. citizen, a legal resident of Georgia and of the county in which he or she plans to vote and be 18 years old by Election Day.

A person cannot register if he or she is serving a sentence imposed by the conviction of a felony or has been judicially determined to be mentally incompetent.

The deadline for voting in Tuesday's primary was July 2. However, Georgia residents have until Oct. 9 to register to vote in the November presidential election.

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OscarKnight 2 years ago

.......To whom it may concern;

It seems as though that our civilization has left town, without leaving a forwarding address.

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OscarKnight 2 years ago

...Kennedy ?

....The Distance between Havana, Cuba and Miami, Florida is 228 miles.

.....Riddle me with this Quiz:

.....Why would a President send our Military Forces to stop Communist Aggression, in a Far Away Land, on The Other Side of the World, when the Communist was less than 228 miles from our borders ?

...Choosing Lyndon Johnson (LBJ) has his Vice President. ?

...Sending U.S. Military Forces into South Vietnam, without having a border treaty agreement with Laos & Cambodia, to allow U.S. Troops into Laos & Cambodia. ?

The Average Age of the Soldiers Serving during the Vietnam War was Nineteen (19).

...Teenagers !!!

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OscarKnight 2 years ago

... The Vote, in this county, has become is the most abused right that The American Citizens possess in modern times !!!

....The Vote is just like any other right that a person has; It takes knowledge in how to use it. correctly.

......Just the Right to Bear Arms.

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OscarKnight 2 years ago

....Like just The Freedom Speech; You can exercise this Right, however, According to CONSTITUTION OF GEORGIA : QUOTE :Paragraph V. Freedom of speech and of the press guaranteed. No law shall be passed to curtail or restrain the freedom of speech or of the press. Every person may speak, write, and publish sentiments on all subjects but shall be responsible for the abuse of that liberty. . ..."but shall be responsible for the abuse of that liberty"

.....Just like Our Second Amendment Rights and, Our' Right To Bear Arms, which don't take much to lose..

.....The Right to Vote is also a Right,.and probably the most abused Right in our Nation and Our County. One single Election can change an entire lifestyle. It is very sad that most people takes this Right for granted, and refuses to accept responsibilities for their actions.

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OscarKnight 2 years ago

...Civil Rights Act of 1957

Quote : "On September 9, 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1957"

"important provisions for the protection of voting rights."

http://crdl.usg.edu/events/civil_rights_act_1957/?Welcome&Welcome

Martin Luther King was a Republican, before he became a Democrat .

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OscarKnight 2 years ago

...While Mr.Thompson will speaking about Voting Rights, I hope that he will hone up on his Civil Rights history.

.....I'm 61 years old.

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spencerid 1 year, 1 month ago

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

....spencer; I should have thought it was you. Still living in your time warp :)

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