The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation

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May 22, 2018
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COALITION OF BLACK WOMEN LEADERS PARTNER TO ORGANIZING CAMPAIGN TO GALVANIZE OVER 100,000 BLACK WOMEN TO VOTE IN GEORGIA AND ASSIST VOTERS AT THE POLLS TO PROTECT THEIR VOTE

The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation ((NCBCP) and Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) Launched a Black Women-Led Coalition Campaign Focused on Leveraging the Power of Black Women’s Leadership and Vote In the 2018 Mid-Term Election Cycle and Beyond

May 22, 2018 (Atlanta, GA) – Melanie Campbell, CEO of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) and Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) has been in Georgia partnering with a coalition of Black women-led organizations, to activate it Unity ’18 Power of the Sister Vote Campaign.  The Unity ’18 Georgia Campaign is focused on mobilizing over 100,000 Black women to vote in the Georgia Primary in Metro Atlanta, South Georgia and in over fifteen counties across the states. The NCBCP Unity ’18 Georgia Campaign spearheaded robocalls from Black celebrities including Sheryl Lee Ralph, Judge Glenda Hatchett, Judge Penny Brown Reynolds, Susan L. Taylor and others for a digital social media campaign targeted in Georgia to over 50,000 households of Black women voters. Today, election day, rides will be provided to the polls and continued canvassing and phone banking is taking place in Georgia.

NCBCP GA Unity '18 Campaign BWR state partners working in coalition with Campbell include: Deborah Scott, Executive Director, Georgia Stand Up; Helen Butler, Convener, Georgia Black Women’s Roundtable, Executive Director, Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda; Latosha Brown, Co-Founder, Black Voters Matter, Oleta Fitzgerald, Regional Administrator, Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative, Southern Regional Director, Children’s Defense Fund, ; Felicia Davis, Convener Clayton County GA BWR, Director, HBCU Green Fund; GA, Atlanta Black Youth Vote. Over the course of the next seven months leading up to the 2018 Mid-Term Elections the NCBCP Unity ’18 Campaign will continue to galvanize Black women in key states across the country.

The effort by the Unity ’18 Campaign in Georgia, follows the recent launch of the Unity ’18 Black Voting & Power Building “Time4APowerShift” National Campaign (Unity ’18) in Atlanta, Georgia. The NCBCP Unity ’18 is a non-partisan national campaign that is laser focused on leveraging the power and impact of the Black vote and collective leadership, with a special emphasis on the South, Black women, young voters and returning citizens across the country where the Black vote will be key to shifting political power nationally and in states across the country including AL, FL, GA, MD, MI, MS, NC, OH, PA, VA and the District of Columbia.

Unity ’18 is phase one of a four-year campaign that includes developing and organizing a long-term Black political and economic power building strategy that includes the 2018 Mid-Term Election Cycle, 2019 Election Cycle, 2020 Presidential Election, 2020 Decennial Census and the 2021 Redistricting Fair Representation Process that will determine the balance of political power for the next decade and beyond.

In 2018, there are key elections that will impact the balance of political power----with the election of 435 members of the U.S. House of Representative, 33 U.S. Senators, 36 governors, 87 of the 99 state legislative chambers and 39 certified statewide ballot initiatives[1] including Amendment 4 in Florida that restores the right to vote for over 1.6 million Floridians with prior felony convictions upon completion of their sentences and many local races as well.

Melanie L. Campbell, President & CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and National Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable, shares, “Black women are ‘sick and tired’ of being thanked by progressives for being their most loyal voting base.  Black women are demanding that the Progressive Movement show us they respect our leadership and the power of our vote, by investing more in Black women running for office; and Black women-led organizing and institutions.  Black women are also not waiting for that to happen, we are coming together in coalition to leverage our collective resources to ensure the Black women’s vote is not taken for granted moving forward, starting in Georgia, because we know it’s Time for a Power Shift.”


The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) is one of the most active civil rights and social justice organizations in the nation “dedicated to increasing civic engagement, economic and voter empowerment in Black America.”  The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) is the women and girls empowerment arm of the NCBCP. At the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women, BWR promotes their health and wellness, economic security & prosperity, education and global empowerment as key elements for success

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