Georgia NAACP, BET, Urban League, NGP, and Others to Celebrate National Black Voter Registration Day
Georgia NAACP, BET, The Urban League of Greater Atlanta, The New Georgia Project (NGP), and Other Civil Rights Organizations to Celebrate National Black Voter Registration
ATLANTA, GA –– The Georgia NAACP partners with BET, the Urban League of Greater Atlanta, The New Georgia Project, and other civil rights organizations to commemorate the first-ever National Black Voter Registration Day with a protest to the polls on Friday, September 18 starting at Centennial Park and ending at the Georgia State Capitol.
“Protest to the Polls,” is a call to action formulated to arm Black citizens against suppression tactics and ensure that their vote counts in the November 2020 elections. It is critical to rally, in order to ensure our communities have access to voter education information and are registered to vote. Organized by the National Urban League, the event follows the clear systemic voter suppression attempt made by Trump and his supporters and is designed to bridge the voter registration gap among members of the black community. With suppression tactics ranging from allowing only a few locations to be open due to COVID-19, voter identification laws, and attempting to sabotage mail-in voting via defunding the United States Postal Service– now more than ever is the time to exercise our constitutionally-given right to use our voice.
The disenfranchisement of Black voters is not difficult to conceptualize as it happens every election. The march and creation of National Black Voter Registration Day demonstrate only a portion of the level of commitment that organizations like the NAACP, National Urban League, BET, and The New Georgia Project have taken to abolish voter suppression against the country’s most marginalized voters.
What: “Protest to the Polls”
When: Friday, September 18, 2020
Where: The march will begin at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta, GA and participants will march to the state’s capitol building.
Centennial Olympic Park
265 Park Ave W NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
Georgia State Capitol
206 Washington St SW
Atlanta, GA 30334
About Georgia NAACP
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has had an unbroken presence in Georgia since 1917. The Georgia NAACP maintains a network of units throughout Georgia, from cities to small rural counties. The Georgia NAACP has been the most effective and consistent advocates for African American civil rights in Georgia. You can read more about the Georgia NAACP’s work and mission at naacpga.org.