The Equity Alliance holds “I’m Black and I Vote” early voting poll parties in five cities

Statewide non-profit seeks to drive Black voter turnout, civic engagement

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Equity Alliance, a statewide non-profit focused on the civic and economic empowerment of the Black community, will hold early voting events in five Tennessee cities spanning all three grand divisions of the state this coming Saturday.

The events will conclude the organization’s “I’m Black and I Vote” statewide tour to encourage Black voter turnout in Tennessee. Events this weekend include early voting parties, marches to the polls, and a tailgate with Greek organizations from Nashville’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

“It is incredibly important that Black Tennesseans exercise their franchise and go to the polls this election year,” said Charlane Oliver, co-executive director of The Equity Alliance. “The stakes in the struggle for social justice and equality have never been higher, and Black Tennesseans need to do their part, go to the polls and make their voices heard.”

“I’m Black and I Vote” events on Saturday include:

Chattanooga – Party to the Polls: Brainerd High School, 1020 N. Moore Road, Chattanooga, TN 37411, 11am – 3pm ET

Murfreesboro – Early Vote Poll Party326 South Maney Avenue, Murfreesboro, TN 37210, 10am – 2pm CT

Knoxville – March to the Polls and Poll Party:  Dr. Walter Hardy Park, 2020 Martin Luther King Jr., Knoxville, TN 37915, 12pm – 5pm ET

Nashville – Stroll to the Polls: HBCU Greek Tailgate:  Southeast Community Center, 5260 Hickory Hollow PKWY, Antioch, TN 37013  NEEDS TIME OF EVENT

Memphis – Early Vote Poll Party: Abundant Grace, 1574 E Shelby Dr, Memphis, TN 38116, 11am – 3pm CT

Jackson – Early Vote Poll Party: 309 North Parkway, Jackson, TN 38305, 10am – 12pm CT

“It is our goal to reach out across the state to ensure Black Tennesseans understand the importance of voting in this year’s election,” added Tequila Johnson, co-executive director. “It is a historic moment in America as our nation’s ongoing dialogue about race and equality have taken center stage. Black Tennesseans must answer the call and participate in our democratic process.”

All events are open to the public and media. Social distancing and masks will be required at all events.

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