AFRO Sunday23-002

A massive city-wide coalition is being formed to add more than 25,000 to the existing roll of voters in Baltimore, bringing the total to at least 400,000 registered voters.

The meeting to be held, 11 a.m., Jan. 31 at 1200 W. Baltimore Street, is free and open to the public, but a response is requested at 410-669-V064 (8683).

Community volunteers, faith based organizations, labor representatives, political groups, civil clubs, fraternal organization, athletic clubs, along with college students and young adults will be brought together to form this massive voter registration entity.  The goal is to acquire voters for the 2016 United States Presidential Election along with the Baltimore City Mayoral Election.

“It’s been more than 50 years since any attempt to register this many voters during one political election year cycle,” says Dr. Marvin L. “Doc” Cheatham Sr. one of the coalition organizers, who is touted to have probably registered more voters in the State of Maryland, since 1971, than anyone. “This is the 50th anniversary year of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and we owe it to our ancestors, both Black and White, to place special emphasis on registering to vote and voting.”

Cheatham is also requesting every see the movie “Selma” and the free power-point documentary entitled “1963 – One of the most tumultuous years in civil rights,” to acquire a little more insight and history about the importance of voting and voting rights.