Local library dedicates wing to 102-year-old voter
NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (WSVN) -- The North Miami Public Library has dedicated part of its program room to a 102-year-old woman who made history when she waited for hours to cast her ballot at last year's presidential election.
The North Miami Library named the wing the "Desiline Victor Voting Wing" Monday morning, after the struggle by the 102-year-old North Miami resident who went through such hardship to cast her vote during the presidential election last year.
Jacque Despinosse, President of the Haitian-American Leadership Coalition, celebrated her spirit at the event. "A lady at her age, stood in line for so long with determination of casting her vote, whereas you get some young people staying home and complaining."
Her story of patience and perseverance to stand in line for several hours went national with help from President Obama, as Victor sat proudly in the First Lady's box at the State of the Union address.
Victor immigrated to the United States in 1989 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen. She cast her first vote during the 2008 presidential election.
She was already awarded a proclamation by Miami-Dade, naming Feb. 13 "Desiline Victor Day," and in March, she was inducted into the North Miami Hall of Fame. "That lady proved it, if she can do it at her age, if she set the example for those who stay home on election day," noted Despinosse.
Desiline's patience and determination has also led to her being at the forefront of a new push for new voting rights laws in Florida, proving, even at 102 years young, her best days are still ahead of her. "We're glad she's here in North Miami," said Despinosse, "and many years to go, and she proved it."
North Miami Mayor Andre D. Pierre joined State Senator Oscar Braynon and several voting rights activists in February to introduce a legislation sponsored by Senator Braynon that would give everyone free and easy access to vote. The bill is referred to as "Desiline's Free and Fair Democracy Act." That voting rights bill named in Desiline's honor is still working its way through the legislature.
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