“For every piece of cotton she picked to make sure that I never had to. For every back door she had to enter, so I could enter through the front one day. For every outhouse she had to use when she was at work, when it was a bathroom on the inside of where she worked.
For every mile she had to walk until it was legal to ride a bus, and for every bus she had to sit in the back of once she was allowed to get on. For every colored and white only sign she had to read so that I would never have to read those signs at all. Many have their reason as to why they are not voting…Well here is the reason why I am.”- Andrea Matthews (granddaughter of Ms. Annie Lou Matthews, who’s pictured in the photo).
Photo credit: Andrea Matthews