National Black Voter Day is here, and it's time to #ReclaimYourVote!
In an effort to galvanize Black Americans' collective political power, BET and the National Urban League have partnered up with an expanding list of over 40 key partners, including several celebrities and political figures, to launch the inaugural National Black Voter Day.
The initiative, which takes place on September 18, will "provide content to inform, empower and mobilize Black Americans’ participation in the November election," BET shared in a press release. "Resources will assist in getting voters registered, demystify some of the confusing processes, as well as provide guidance on voting rights restoration for eligible voters, and help voters create their voting plan to ensure their voices are heard."
Stars involved include six-time NBA All-Star, Blake Griffin, Migos rapper, Offset, esteemed journalist, Soledad O'Brien, political figure, Stacey Abrams, Co-Founder of Where Art Can Occur, Ms. Tina Knowles Lawson, and three-time NBA Champion, Udonis Haslem, to name a few.
“BET continues to demystify the process of voting for Black citizens in a COVID-19 world, and #ReclaimYourVote will break down the necessary steps to make our voices heard. From securing and checking your voter registration to making a plan for how to vote to gathering your friends and family to vote with you, #ReclaimYourVote is committed to ensuring every step of the process is clear and accessible for Black voters,” Jeanine Liburd, Chief Social Impact & Communications Officer said in a statement. “Our partnership with the National Urban League and the expansive group of impact partners will combine as one mighty voice this September 18th on National Black Voter Day and beyond."
The National Black Voter Day initiative is an extension of #ReclaimYourVote, a campaign that was launched earlier this year "to harness Black collective power and increase Black participation in the 2020 census and the 2020 election."
“In the current climate of uncertainty and unrest, it’s important to make a plan for voting – particularly for Black voters,” National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial shared. “Efforts to suppress the Black vote are coming from all sides, whether it’s restrictive state voting laws or foreign-based misinformation campaigns. National Black Voter Day is an opportunity to rise above the confusion and plot out a clear path to the ballot box. Whether by mask, in person, or by mail, it’s important to make a plan now, and execute that plan as early as possible according to the laws in each state. We’re leaving no voter behind in 2020.”
For more information on National Black Voter Day and the #ReclaimYourVote movement, please visit www.reclaimyour.vote.
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