On Saturday, May 8, Black Votes Matter will celebrate the life of Civil Rights icon John Lewis with local partners in "John Lewis Advancement Act Day of Action".
The day is a voter education event that is part of the “Blackest Bus in America” tour across several cities in Alabama. It will begin with a press conference at Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a "votercade" to Montgomery.
In Montgomery a celebration will be held at 4 p.m. at King's Canvas on 1413 Oak Street where there will be free food, water, and toy giveaways. At least 500 people are expected to attend, which is being co-hosted by Sheyann Christburg, Journey For the Soul, River Region Voting Initiative, and Black Women’s Round Table.
The event will be held as the Alabama Legislature is currently considering two voting proposals that a press release from Black Votes Matter said "would significantly curtail voting rights, particularly in Alabama’s Black communities." These proposals are House Bill 399 and House Bill 285.
Partners to be taking part in the event are:
Black Voters Matter
Steven Reed, Mayor of Montgomery
Aubrey Graham, Montgomery City Councillor
Sheila Tyson, Jefferson County Commissioner
Johnny Ford, Former Mayor of Tuskegee, Alabama
Lift Our Vote
River Region Voting Initiative
Friends of Westend
Women of W.I.L.L
Journey for the Soul
The Ordinary People’s Society (T.O.P.S)
Southern Poverty Law Center
Saving Our Selves (S.O.S)