The Collective Partners with BET to Announce Black Men Voting Forum 2020
FEATURING COMMON, MARC LAMONT HILL, THE COLLECTIVE CO-FOUNDER QUENTIN JAMES,
DARNELL MOORE, FRANKLIN LEONARD, MICHAEL TUBBS AND SHAKA SENGHOR
Conversation Will Broadcast on Thursday, October 15 at 6:00 p.m. EST / 3:00 p.m. PST
Will Spotlight Efforts to Mobilize Black Male Voters and
Pressing Issues Facing Black Men Today
New York, NY October 15, 2020 – Today, The Collective--the largest and most prominent organization focused on electing African American candidates to public office at the local, state and federal level--in partnership with BET announced the 2020 “Black Men Voting Forum”, designed to address pressing issues facing Black Men, implications of the 2020 Election, inspiring visions of the future and ways society can best support Black Men and Boys.
“With less than 30 days to go before one of history’s most defining elections, it’s more critical than ever to empower Black Men to stand on the right side of history after November 3,” said The Collective Co-Founder Quentin James.“As with the first event in the Vote to Live series, our aim is to help people deepen their engagement in the electoral process, build stronger connections to their communities and candidates, and empower an unyielding conviction that we are our own heroes with the power to change our democracy and our world for the better.”
The Conversation will broadcast on Thursday, October 15th at 6:00 p.m. EST / 3:00 p.m. PST featuring discussions with some of today’s leading changemakers in politics, activism, arts/entertainment and media. Confirmed participants include Artist/Activist Common, Mayor Michael Tubbs of Stockton, California, The Black List Founder Franklin Leonard, Author Darnell Moore and Author/Activist Shaka Senghor. Organizational partners of the Forum include Fair Fight, Color of Change, Vote.org, Rock The Vote, Black Future’s Lab, For Freedoms, MoveOn and The Gathering For Justice, and PolicyLink, as well as media partners Mic.com and NowThis News.
The 2020 “Black Men Voting Forum” is the second in a series of events hosted by The Collective as part of its Vote To Live campaign, a nonpartisan initiative to energize BIPOC+, Gen Z, and Millennial voters to take action and get out the vote in November. More than 100,000 people tuned in to watch the first event, “Black Women Leading the Revolution,”which broadcast on September 28th and included Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Activist/Political Commentator Brittany Packnett-Cunningham, Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Opal Tometi and The Collective co-founder Stefanie Brown James.
The Forum is also an extension of BET’s nonpartisan ReclaimYourVote initiative launched back in February with The Collective, as well as dozens of other community and social justice organizations that have come together to harness Black collective power and increase Black participation in the 2020 census and the 2020 election. A critical voting bloc in US primary elections, BET’s ReclaimYourVote seeks to galvanize Black male voters and address the particular needs and aspirations of this community.
“Every vote counts, which is why it is so important that black males feel engaged and empowered to make their voices heard at the polls,” said Jeanine Liburd, Chief Social Impact & Communications Officer. “BET is excited to be partnering with The Collective on the Black Men Voting Forum, to make sure this powerful voting bloc understands exactly how much power they possess, and that organizations like ours can hear from Black men about the issues that matter to them most.”
For more information of BET’s ReclaimYourVote initiative, please visit www.reclaimyour.vote.
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BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African American audience. The primary BET channel is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks - BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.
About The Collective
The Collective is working to create an America where Black people are equally represented at every level of government. Today, 90% of all elected officials are white and 95% of all elected prosecutors are white. The Collective is strategically focused on creating a truly equitable democracy where our nation’s local, state and federal governments have diverse and talented elected leadership and Black people are fully represented in positions of power to create the policies necessary to progress our communities forward.
About Vote to Live
The Vote To Live campaign is a nonpartisan 501c3 initiative launched by The Collective to energize BIPOC+, Gen Z, and Millennial voters to take action and get out the vote in November. Through a series of virtual benchmark events, original social media content and more, the collective goal is to register 250,000 new voters and change the course of history.