GDN’s strategy for “A Call to Colors” response is quite simple and powerful. Ask all alumni associations, at all levels, to create standing committees for non-partisan civic engagement. They would ask their members to volunteer 8, 16, 24 hours or more per election cycle, to help educate, organize and mobilize Black voter participation. Volunteer activities could include making telephone calls, Facebook posting, door knocking, organizing their churches or other community-based organizations, Greek organizations, working polls, supporting the NAACP and more.
GDN recommends that Alumni Associations urge all HBCU Student Government Associations (SGAs) to make similar civic engagement pledges. They should have twice-a-year student rallies promoting civic engagement and student organizations. “A Call to Colors” is a suggestion that appeals to student and HBCU Alumni members sense of community responsibility.
Leading up to all elections, SGAs should convene student leaders (Greek, NAACP & others) to plan strategies. They could do voter registration and mobilization. They could do outreach to Black Student Unions (BSUs) and urge them to replicate their efforts.