September 20, 2016

This week’s show is focused on a preview of the upcoming Millennial Votes Matter Convening to be held September 23-24th at Morgan State University. We will also discuss the outcomes of the small but mighty African American Women and the Law Conference that was held last week on September 13-14th. Our outstanding guests include millennial activists and students: Lee Smith III of Tennessee State University and Maureen Edobor of Washington & Lee School of Law who will discuss the upcoming Millennials Votes Matter Convening to be held on September 23-24th at Morgan State University. We also welcome leaders of the Planning Committee of the African American Women and the Law Conference including Brenda Ford Harding, Chair of the Transformative Justice Coalition; Vicki Washington, Management, Equity and Inclusion consultant; Rev. Glencie Rhedick, Social Justice Advocate and Preacher; and Caitlyn Cobb, Social Media Specialist for the Transformative Justice Coalition.

As Election Day 2016 draws near a critical question is whether young voters will turn out and vote. In 2008 Millennials were 18% of the overall vote and 19% of the 2012 vote. Under 30 years olds are racially diverse with only 58% White non-Hispanic as compared with 76% for those voters over 30 years of age. And youth voters actually vote diametrically opposite of older voters. The Millennials and the Vote Convening is designed to strengthen the knowledge and organizing skills of young voting advocates of color from several states throughout the nation.

We will discuss organizing strategies for engaging youth voters at HBCUs, colleges and in our neighborhoods. What are the challenges and what are the opportunities in motivating this cohort to vote this year?

Last week the African American Women and the Law Conference was held for the first time in 16 years and its reemergence was a great success with women representing half of the states in the nation attending. The 15 workshops were enthusiastically received with participants formulating over 60 powerful policy, legal and mobilization strategies to advance the status of Black women and girls. From the opening African dance and drumming to the opening panel moderated by Michelle Bernard to the luncheon program and closing plenary where attendees voted for their top policy, legal and mobilization strategy, the conference exceeded our expectations!

Our guests will discuss the outcomes of the conference and next steps.

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Vicki Washington

In Wisconsin during 2010 and 2011, Vicki presented on Inclusive Excellence and Increasing Civility in the Workplace, the Equity Scorecard Project at national conferences including […]

Rev. Glencie Rhedrick

Difference Maker, Social Justice Advocate, Preacher, Public Speaker, Educator, Broker and more. Member of JAMN (Justice Action Mobilization Network), CCCJ (Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice), […]

Maureen Edobor

Maureen Edobor is a native of Queens, NY. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Texas, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts […]

Lee Smith III

Lee Smith III is an undergraduate student at Tennessee State University majoring in political science. He’s from Chicago, IL and being from that city has […]

Caitlyn Cobb

Caitlyn Cobb

Caitlyn currently works for the Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC) as its Social Media Director and as a Special Assistant to Barbara Arnwine, president and founder […]

Brenda Ford Harding

Brenda Harding

Brenda Ford Harding is an attorney and consultant in Durham, N.C.  She works extensively in the voting rights area, specifically using different strategies to ensure […]