Election Day for the 2020 United States presidency is exactly two weeks away and America, you need to vote! A number of public figures and initiatives have been drilling the importance of making your voices heard this election season into the minds of millions of Americans because of how crucial of a time in history Nov. 3 will be. The results on this day will shift America one way or the other — in a great or negative direction — for many years to come, and we, the American people, need to make sure that the shift is a positive one.
That’s the mission of VoteAmerica. On Tuesday (Oct. 20) at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT, the organization is hosting a “Your Ballet Your Voice: Black Men Voting” conversation via zoom that will discussion why the Black male vote holds so much weight. The chat will also dive into the myth that Black men don’t head to the polls.
According to Pew Research, in 2016, 64 percent of Black women were eligible to vote while only 54 percent of Black men were. The data also states that Black men vote just as much as other minority groups. Moreover, Wall Street Journal reports that 80 percent of Black men plan to vote for Joe Biden on Election Day and 12 percent plan to give Trump their vote.
“VoteAmerica wants to help people vote and be a vehicle for conversation around issues that affect voting turnout across the country. In September 2020, we created the Your Ballot, Your Voice Speaker Series to give a voice to those who are sometimes voiceless,” Aisha McClendon, National Outreach Director for VoteAmerica, said in a statement.
Some of the panelists scheduled to speak in VoteAmerica’s “Your Ballet Your Voice: Black Men Voting” include Everett Ward, National President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.; Cliff Albright, co-founder of Black Voters Matter; Mondale Robinson, Founder of the Black Voter Project; and more.
VoteAmerica will also be hosting a second zoom discussion on Sunday, Nov. 1.