At 93, Luciel Sibley casts a special vote

By BY RECARDO THOMAS STAFF REPORTER,

For Inverness resident Luciel Sibley, Tuesday’s Primary election provided an extra bonus.

At age 93, not only did she get to continue her decades-old practice of exercising her right to cast her vote, but also this year, she had the added pleasure of voting for one of her granddaughters, Gwendolyn Jimison, who was vying for the Sunflower County Attorney position.

Jimison won the Democratic primary on Tuesday, effectively winning the race, with no Republican or Independent challenger set for November.

Sibley’s very first experience at the polls was during a time of great unrest in the south.

“The first time I voted was in the 1960s during the civil rights movement. I was scared  because Dr. King and Medgar Evers were assassinated fighting for our civil rights. (But) I was determined to vote to honor them,” she said.

Although county wide, voter turnout was less than 40 percent, Sibley made her way to the polls. “I continue to vote for every election because it is important to vote. A lot of people died for our right to vote and I do not want their deaths to be in vain,” she said.

Sibley, who recently celebrated a birthday, is the mother of eight children, grandmother to 35 with 123 great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Born in Tchula, Sibley moved to Inverness on Christmas Eve of 1940.

When asked how she felt about being able to vote for her granddaughter after all of these years, she said, “Blessed, blessed, blessed.”

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