Decision 2020

NAACP starts new campaign to get African-Americans to the polls

PITTSBURGH — The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is beginning a campaign called Black Voices Change Lives.

African-American voter turnout in the 2016 election dropped 5% or more, according to organizers.

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The plan is to have seminars to teach younger voters 18-to-35 about the importance of voting.

Leaders told Channel 11 they hope to use Black voters to engage other African-Americans who might not vote as often.

“We’ve got to stay out on the battlefield,” said Kenneth Huston, president of the Pennsylvania NAACP. “We’ve got to continue to fight for the civil rights of people of Black and brown communities, particularly, and make sure that our vote stays relevant.”

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