NAACP seeking to register one thousand to vote
Local chapter spearheads drive on 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer
Ashley Montgomery | 7/17/2014, 9 a.m.
Over 90,000 eligible voters in Miami-Dade County are not registered to vote, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is seeking to change that. On the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, The Miami-Dade NAACP, dozens of faith organizations, elected officials, fraternities, sororities and volunteers joined together at Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church to get those in the community registered before the November elections.
This comes right on the brink of local elections which take place on Tuesday, August 26. Early voting begins August 11-24 and the last day to request an absentee ballot is Wednesday, August 20. The final day to register is Monday, July 28.
The church, located in West Perrine, kicked off the festivities in an effort to proactively garner a higher voter turnout within Black communities just how in the summer of 1964, civil rights activists canvassed throughout Mississippi. The campaign then was no different from Saturday.
State Senator Dwight Bullard alongside U.S. Representative Joe Garcia, emphasized the importance of community outreach and voter registration.
“We owe it to those who struggled during the civil rights movement for so long to engage our communities and educate them on the importance of participating in the political process,” Adora Obi Nweze, president of the Miami-Dade NAACP said. “Remember, if we don't go out and register our communities, we have no voice.
That's why we have partnered with the faith and community organizations to put 500 volunteers on the streets and doors of our neighborhoods registering voters. If we want to ensure that people have access to healthcare, decent paying jobs and that schools get the right kind of funding, we need to stand up as a community and fight for those beliefs. The way to do that is to empower folks by going door to door and registering voters.”
Throughout the day, volunteers could be found at several locations around the community such as the U.S. 1 Flea Market, local parks and even at some corner stores. The Freedom Summer volunteers went above and beyond to reach Blacks in the community — and the work doesn’t just stop there.
The NAACP will continue its Freedom Summer voter registration effort throughout the summer. Staging locations will be open Friday through Sunday. The NAACP is encouraging as may volunteers as possible to participate. General elections are November 4. For more information visit freedomsummermiamidade.com.