- Faith & Family
The Joseph Caleb Center [5200 NW 22nd Avenue] will be the venue for a “souls to the polls” early voting event that planners hope will bring out a full house of registered voters. The “Our Vote Our Victory” event kicks off on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1:30 p.m. It is a collaborative venture, spearheaded by the A. Philip Randolph Institute, Miami Dade Chapter, with 93rd Street Community Baptist Church, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, St. James AME Church, The Church of the Open Door and Greater Bethel AME Church all as active planners and participants.
“Our vision for this event is to engage as many people in the community as possible — feeding the soul with the program, feeding the body with refreshments and making sure that our people move forward and vote,” said Lovette McGill, Institute president. “God requires our people to be organized, unified, strong and vigilant. We all believe that the Church’s relation to the political struggle of the time is to serve as a moral conscience of this nation.”
McGill, 58, says that ministers and members from the various partnering churches will all play a role in the service. The service should last about 90 minutes. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to vote both before and after the service.
“We have been promised by the Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections, Penelope Townsend, that there will be additional voting booths and seating areas for the elderly and handicapped,” McGill. “No one will be turned away and we are confident that the lines will not be so long that people will grow too tired to make their vote count. This is now our only Sunday during early voting that we have to get people out and we plan to take full advantage of it.”
According to the Rev. Carl Johnson, 52, senior pastor, 93rd Street Community Baptist Church, there are more churches getting on board for this noteworthy endeavor.
“We don’t think voter suppression is right,” he said. “So we need to highlight endeavors that counter such oppressive actions. We are going to march like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did during the civil rights movement and then have a marvelous liberation service. This is our consecrated corrective action towards those who have attempted to suppress our vote. The march and the meeting place are a manifestation of our efforts to get all of our people to vote. We will start marching from the African American Cultural Arts Center on 62nd Street and march south to the Caleb Center. We will have a noteworthy service that tells the world our vote is our victory. We are going to highlight our victory and shout it from the rooftops.“
For more information contact 305-588-7542.
By D. Kevin McNeir