State Rep. Attica Scott, the first black woman to serve in the Kentucky House in twenty years, is planning a Juneteenth voter registration drive in her district in honor of the annual celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation and the release from slavery.
On Tuesday, June 19, volunteers will fan out across Scott’s district, House 41, and register voters door-to-door and block-by-block as well as at local parking lots and shopping districts. Even though Scott is a Democrat, this is a non-partisan effort, with the main goal being getting as many persons registered to vote as possible.
The volunteers will be trained on ensuring that the person is eligible to register, and on getting all the necessary information. Completed cards will then be turned into the local election center.
From Rep. Scott’s announcement:
Why a Juneteenth voter registration drive?
Juneteenth began as a festival held annually on June 19th by African Americans (especially in the southern states), to commemorate emancipation from slavery in Texas on that day in 1865. In the early years, little interest existed outside of Black communities in participating in the celebrations. In some cases, there was outwardly exhibited resistance by barring the use of public properties for the festivities. Most of the celebrants found themselves out in rural areas around rivers and creeks that could provide for additional activities such as fishing, horseback riding and barbecues.
In 1968, Juneteenth received a strong resurgence through the Poor Peoples March to Washington, DC., Reverend Ralph Abernathy’s call for people of all races, creeds, economic levels and professions to come to Washington to show support for the poor. Many of these attendees returned home and initiated Juneteenth celebrations in areas previously absent of such activity. You can learn more at juneteenth.com.
I began my Juneteenth voter registration drive in honor of my ancestors who never saw a Juneteenth, for Black folks today who want to vote but cannot vote because their civil rights have yet to be restored, and for my constituents across District 41 who often ask what they can do to help close the 9th Street divide. You can sign up here to volunteer to either go door-to-door, block-by-block, or parking lot-by-parking lot.
Let’s leave no one behind on Election Day.