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Activist "Granny D" to speak at Eastern Campus

ATHENS, Ohio (May 22, 2006) -- Ninety-six year-old political activist Doris "Granny D" Haddock will discuss political election reform at the Ohio University Eastern Campus on Wednesday, May 24, at 2:30 p.m. in 1957 Lounge, Shannon Hall.

Haddock is best known for her charm and sense of humor that she intertwines when speaking to the public. "Never be discouraged from being an activist because people tell you that you'll not succeed. You have already succeeded if you're out there representing truth or justice or compassion or fairness or love," said Haddock.

Her life-long fascination with politics enabled Haddock to meet individuals of all ages and ethnicities. She has motivated countless individuals to take an interest in politics and gain a better understanding of the United States political process. She has taken her message to small towns, ghettos and all the way to Capital Hill. In 1999, Haddock gained national exposure as she walked across the America at the age of 89 protesting campaign financing practices.

"Haddock is an excellent resource to show college students a wide range of social activism. She gives a great insight into the many opportunities that life can bring to anyone, even after retirement," says Dr. Thomas Flynn, associate professor of English at the Ohio University Eastern Campus.

Haddock has had a life worthy of two documentaries, "The Candidate," by Marlo Poras and "Granny D. Goes to Washington," a film by Alidra Solday. She has experienced triumph and tragedy, love and heartache, but throughout her entire life, she has never lost her drive and determination to help others.

Haddock was born Jan. 24, 1910, in Laconia, N.H. As a young woman, she entered Emerson College. While she never completed her degree, she was finally awarded an honorary degree from Emerson in 2000. She married James Haddock early in her adult life and raised her family during the worst years of the Great Depression. Even though politics were a life-long interest for both Haddock and her husband, family always came first in her life. She chose to set aside politics in order to care for her husband during his 10-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Instead of retiring to enjoy her golden years, Haddock has traveled the country encouraging people of all ages to become interested in politics. She has spoken at hundreds of events nationwide and has even written a book, a memoir entitled, "Granny D: You're Never Too Old to Raise a Little Hell."

For additional information on this event, please contact Ohio University Eastern Campus at (740) 695-1720.   

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