So few people can boast about casting votes for 13 US presidential elections in their lifetime. Believe it or not, Donella Wilson, a 107-year-old woman and a daughter of two slaves, will be casting her vote for the 13th time and is still excited to be able to participate in another election.
Wilson, a resident of South Carolina, first cast her vote in the 1940s, when Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected. From waiting at the back of the line for being a black woman to seeing a black president, Wilson has lived through several historical incidents.
Her parents were slaves in Calhoun County. She said that voting in 2016 elections is not just for her, but also those who came before her — indicating at the generations of black people who came before her.
Today, she has a new ID and voter registration card and is more than willing to use it.
"I never thought that I will live to see a day like this, I'm over 100 years old," Wilson said in an interview with wistv. "We couldn't spell vote. We didn't know what the word meant other that we had an opportunity to say something and cast a vote, praying as we go along that the vote could count to help us as a Negro race," Wilson said.
She has lived through the era when African-Americans and women were not allowed to vote, two practices that were cast away by 1940s in the US. Since casting her first vote back then, she has voted for every national and local election.
"I'm happy that I lived this long to see that we could be voting and the voting be counted," Wilson said. She's happy to have seen the first black president, Barack Obama, she said. "Ohhh so proud and thankful, more thankful and proud thank God for him," she said.
Wilson is also hoping for another history in the making — a woman president in the US.
"I'm looking for her to be our first female president," Wilson said. "I think it's an honor, a precious gift from God."