A Dollar for Every Year

Roosevelt Jackson, the oldest living member of the Negro Leagues at 98 years old, tells his granddaughter Loretta Jackson Brown about growing up in Georgia and waiting his whole life to help elect a black president.
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“Obama was … the first president that I ever sent a donation. And I had someone write a letter to him, and I told him that I’m 90 years old, so I’m sending you a dollar for every year that I waited to see a black person running for president. That was rejoicing to me, voting for a black president.”

Roosevelt Jackson

Photos submitted by Roosevelt Jackson. Learn more about the history of the Negro Leagues.

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