Members of the Jacksonville National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW), hosted a community educational event at Teen Leaders of America location in the citys urban core. The event began with a brief history of NCNW and their mission which is to lead, empower and advocate for women of African descent, their families and communities.
More than twenty Duval county public school students participated in the voter’s workshop. In alignment with state and federal guidelines, students were asked to wear their masks and practice six feet distancing. The program was geared to select youth in grades 6 – 12th. Students were tested on their voter education knowledge, which included the voting process, minimum age citizen’s voters’ rights, examples of voter suppression and the civil rights amendments which provided African American Men and Women the right to vote. There were interactive discussions and voter engagement contests conducted in which gift cards were provided to the winners from a grant received by Black Voters Matter.
“The teens were very engaged and learned a lot based on the survey provided to them at the conclusion of this voter education event,” said member Marilynn Dawson. The historic organization plans to continue working with the teens on a variety of subjects.
NCNW was founded in 1935 by influential educator and activist, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. NCNW community issues of support include health disparities, education and economic empowerment.
Shown in the background are the participating students and seated l-r are NCNW members: Kruzshander Scott, Marcia Brown, Alicia Hinson and Marilynn Dawson.