ATLANTA, November 6, 2018 – 100 Black Men of America, Inc. completes a successful midterm election voter engagement campaign by encouraging all members and voting age students to remain engaged throughout the today and beyond. As part of the #RealMenVote100 campaign, members across the 100’s network, along with collegiate 100 students across over 50 college chapters will today be delivering on final components of the campaign. In the final hours of this civic effort, members are encouraged to take at least 2 people to the polls, share reminders on social media and of course vote. Throughout the campaign, which was launched in June at the 100’s 32nd Annual Conference, chapters have hosted voter registration drives, town halls to educate the public on issues and candidate forums and Q&A sessions.
“As a nonpartisan not-for-profit it was our goal to partner with civic organizations to bring citizens together with 100 members and 100 collegiate students in a way that organically sparked conversations about our rights and civic responsibilities, stated Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., Chairman, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. “In partnership with the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s Unity ’18 Campaign and the C.T. Vivian Leadership Institute our 2018 campaign delivered a clear and concise mission: Maximize the Power and Influence of the Black Men’s Vote in the 2018 Mid-Term Election and Beyond.”
The national campaign was co-chaired by Rev. Tony Lee and Joshua Gray both Board Members, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and Collegiate 100 – Southern University student, Cedric C. Morales, II. Legendary Civil Rights Leader, Author, Preacher and Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Dr. C.T. Vivian headed the organization’s efforts.
“Throughout this campaign, we encouraged everyone to participate in conversations with family, friends, church members and especially young people about the critical importance of exercising their right to vote, which is their voice,” said Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian, Honorary Chairman of #RealMenVote100. “It is our responsibility to hold elected officials accountable at every level of our democracy.”
In addition to challenging citizens, especially African American men, to take the #RealMenVote100 pledge, efforts included encouraging youth of voting age to get civically engaged, stay involved, share voting reminders on social media, hold each other accountable and vote. The 100 also stressed early voting during their community events held from July – November.