Celebration of June 17 to launch the voting campaign

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The Akron NAACP is encouraging community organizations and interested residents to join in a virtual kick-off for a new voting campaign at 7 p.m. Friday with U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.

“We chose Juneteenth as the launch date because it symbolizes the strength of our black community in the face of overwhelming adversity,” said Judi Hill, president of Akron NAACP. June 15 marks the effective end of slavery in the United States.

AkronVotes2020’s main goal is to develop a community-wide strategy to register, educate, inform and transport voters for the 2020 presidential election, according to a press release.

“As our Secretary of State and state lawmakers plan to change the voting process during COVID-19, this coalition will develop targeted activities to accomplish simple steps A, B, C instructions,” the statement said. .

Brown will talk about the importance of voting. Summity County Council member Veronica Sims will also speak. African music and percussion with lyrics will be provided by DJ Lo-Key and Kwame Williams. Resources and updates will be presented by key AkronVotes2020 partners.

Pre-register at www.akronvotes2020.com. The event will take place on Zoom.

The main “AkronVotes2020” community partners are: Akron NAACP, Akron Canton Chapter of the National Black Social Workers, Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, League of Women Voters of Akron Area, First Grace United Church of Christ, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., 100 Black Men and UU Justice Ohio.

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