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Sep 30, 2008

Radio & TV Personality Jeff Johnson Visits Birmingham

Justice Speak Out Tour encouraging youth to register, verify, and vote first to visit Lawson and Miles Colleges

Birmingham, AL – The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s (NCBCP) Unity ’08 Coalition and Alabama Black Youth Vote! (BYV) will bring their message to register, verify, and VOTE FIRST to Birmingham, Monday October 6, 2008, with a Justice Speak Out featuring Jeff Johnson, of BET and the Tom Joyner Morning Show. The town hall type forum traveling across the country to mobilize young voters will stop at Lawson State College followed by a visit to Miles College. For more information on either location call Shelia Tyson at (205) 249-8559.

“We want to make sure every eligible voter can vote, so we are telling them what to do before they go to the polls,” said Shelia Tyson, Alabama Unity ’08 coordinator. “Every voter needs to verify their name on the voter rolls, locate their polling place in advance, take government issued photo identification to the polls, and avoid the drama and vote early.”

Voters can locate their polling place by calling the NCBCP's Unity '08 voter assistance hotline 1-866-MYVOTE-1. Also, the NCBCP and American Urban Radio Networks produced a series of celebrity voter information public service announcements available for airing by any station.

Event sponsors include: West End Community School, West End Community, and Birmingham City School. National Unity ’08 partners include, National Urban League, Black Youth Vote!, National Council of Negro Women, A. Philip Randolph Institute, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, 100 Black Men of America, and the National Newspaper Publishers Association, among others.

WHO: NCBCP Unity ’08 Campaign.

Participants Include: Sylvia Stone, Intervative Approach Foundation, Mike McClure, Code Red, Dr. Perry Ward, Lawson State Community College President, Senator Rodger Smitherman, City Council President Carole Smitherman, City Council President Pro Tem Miriam D. Witherspoon, Patrick Cooper, Representative John Roger, and radio stations 95.7 F.M and 98.7 F.M.

WHERE & WHEN: Monday October 6, 2008

TIME: 9:30 A.M. Lawson State College - Arthur Shores gymnasium 3060 Wilson Rd. SW

TIME: 11:O0 A.M. Miles College - Chapel 5500 Myron Massey Blvd.

CONTACT:  The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Shelia Tyson at (205) 249-8559.

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