Support for 2020 “A Call to Colors” Voter Mobilization Forum January 25 – GDN Exclusive Vol. 3 Part 2by Cash Michaels, GDN Contributing Writer January 17, 2020
When it comes to voter education, registration, and organization, it will be the forum that beats all forums. Its goal is to institutionalize voter mobilization as a standing initiative in black leadership organizations, nationwide.
The Pitt County HBCU Coalition, the Pitt County Chapter of the Shaw University National Alumni Association and the Pitt County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, present The 2020 “A Call to Colors (ACTC) Voter Mobilization Forum,” Saturday, January 25, 2020, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at J. H. Rose High School, 600 West Arlington Boulevard in Greenville.
The guest presenters will be Dr. Everett Ward, Chairman of the Council of Presidents of the National Pan Hellenic Council and Marilyn Powell Godette, national board member and former North Carolina President of the National Council of Negro Women.
The objective is to introduce HBCU Alumni Associations and other organizations to the “A Call to Colors” mobilization strategy and the five models that underpin it.
Admission is free. Lunch is on your own. Dress is casual. Wear your colors and be recognized during the forum.
According to Dr. Patti Sanders-Smith, president of the Historically Black College and Universities Coalition of Pitt County, and President of the Pitt County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., it is crucial that the African-American community, and especially students on HBCU campuses and who are members of Black Student Unions on predominately white campuses, fully understand, and prepare for their roles in the upcoming March primaries and November general elections.
‘Voters need to understand who the best possible candidate is to do what is best for them and their communities,” Dr. Sanders-Smith told Greater Diversity News (GDN). “Forums such as this one will give the citizens the opportunity to fully understand what candidates’ platforms are to make sure the elected officials are held accountable not only to vote in their best interest but to uphold the constitution.”
She continued, “This forum will also show citizens that they are important to elected officials. We need to see them in our communities and not just at election time. Hopefully this forum will start a dialogue in our communities and help citizens to realize that this is the most critical election of our lifetime.
Joseph Alston, Executive Director of the NCNAACP, agrees.
“The 2020 “A Call to Colors” Voter Mobilization Forum, along with those similar to it, provides insight into the nature of elections and answers to questions surrounding how to maximize voter effectiveness in brokering the changes this state and country needs,” Alston told GDN. “A Call to Colors” stresses shared responsibility and the utilization of shared resources. There is no greater resource than a strong coalition of partners sharing best practices and participating in unified implementation.
Alston concluded, “We, ‘The People’, are the change we need in bringing integrity back to our democracy. When we work together, we win.”
Again, admission is free, but seating is limited, so register today at http://greaterdiversity.com/actc-forum-2020.
Also, sign-up for free to keep-up with “A Call to Colors” at GreaterDiversity.com. For additional information email – firstname.lastname@example.org .
Finally, if you are unable to attend, register at the same link to watch the forum live on GreaterDiversity.com so register today at http://greaterdiversity.com/actc-forum-2020.