Race for The Ballot Brings in Big Names

Actor, rapper and activist Common speaks to fans at Lonnie Miller Park
By Lynn Jones-Turpin – Devoted fans and concerned voters showed up at Lonnie Miller Park on the northside to attend the #Freethevote rally featuring Common. The objective was to motivate Duval County’s black young adults to get out the vote now. The rapper, actor and activist spoke just steps away from the polls.
Common with fans Tangela Jones-Kelly Tertia Ross

“We’re dealing with racism, in particular systemic racism with a system designed to not build us up as a people,” said Common. The rapper also expressed that it took him some time to vote in a general election due to his lack of knowledge and what he truly felt was the miseducation of voting within his circle.

The call to action rally was held on Nationally Early voter’s day to call upon family members of directly impacted people, change agents, people of faith, and active community members to stand up against the poll tax being imposed on returning citizens.  Mal Jones Photo

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