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Alfre Woodard courts Miamis Black vote

caines | 10/18/2012, 7 a.m.

In 2008, America saw countless celebrities who stepped forward to vocalize their support for the future president of the United States. Four years later, despite the wounded economy, celebrities are still speaking up for the president. However, the strategy has changed. Celebrities are beginning to court the votes of those who may feel as if their votes do not matter.

We are a part of the equation

Florida is a purple state, award-winning actress Alfre Woodard said in the lobby of the Circle of One Marketing office. It could go either way but there is no scenario where Romney could win this election without Florida. We have a chance to solidify change, if we get this second term. The actress made her way down to Miami to rally the votes of potential voters who might think that their vote does not matter. The actress encouraged the members of the audience to reach out to those people who they may not normally talk to and encourage them to vote. The actress spoke of going the extra mile to get voters to the polls. Whether it was through a text message, Facebook message or even a ride to the voting polls.

A womans place

Woodard made it a point to close in on the importance of women in the upcoming election and briefly discussed President Obamas efforts to uplift women. The actress referenced Obamas fight for equal pay for women. In the last election, 68 percent of women voted, the actress said. Whenever you pay the women, you uplift the family- with every policy, women are the recipients. The audience was very receptive to Woodards message. Marlon Hill who is co-chair of the finance committee for Miami, echoed the actress sentiments and added his own thoughts about the significance of this upcoming election for minorities, People of color have the most to gain and the most to lose, if we miss this moment, Hill said. By Julia Samuelsjsamuels@miamitimesonline.com