As the Black Lives Matter movement occupied Tillman Hall in protest on Wednesday during the day, another important issue was discussed Wednesday night.
In McBride Hall, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held an event called Stay Woke and Vote.
Sophomore Leyia Grant, political action committee chair, explained the purpose of the event was to inform and remind students to get register to vote.
“It was brought to us by the Youth and College NNACP and trying to get millennials excited about the upcoming election,” Grant said.
The event was held because the majority of millennials do not go out and vote when they need to. One of the guest speakers was Anthony Davis, National Coordinator Youth and College Division of NAACP. He spoke on the many reasons why voting was important to us as a younger generation. One reason he spoke about was that we have the right to vote because of how hard our ancestors struggled to get their selves and future generations the right to vote and to be able to make a change in our government.
“We have a candidate who plans on black community, plans on trying to improve it [middle class] and we have another candidate who just wants to fill his own pockets and has his own agenda,” Davis said.
Davis said that in order for them to be properly represented especially for the local elections, millennials can only do one thing.
“I think it’s important for the millennials and black people to get out there and vote,” he said.
If you missed this event, contact them at www.staywokeandvote.com for more information.
The last day to register to vote is October 8 and the general election day is November 8.
Any information regarding registration absentee ballots or checking your registration can be found at http://scvotes.org. Remember to get out there and vote!