For Immediate Release
50,000 Voter Registrations In One Day - Today!
Radio One Stations Partner with the Hip Hop Caucus' Respect My Vote! Campaign to Register 50K Voters During Nationwide "One Vote" Registration Drive
WASHINGTON - Radio One, Inc. (www.radio-one.com) along with the Hip Hop Caucus - Respect My Vote! Campaign (www.hiphopcaucus.org
) is working to set a World Record today by registering more than 50,000 eligible persons in one day during the "One Vote" National Registration Drive Tuesday, September 30th from 6:00am to 9:00pm.
Working with Radio One in 16 cities across the country that include
Atlanta, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, Charlotte,
Raleigh-Durham, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Philadelphia,
Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Richmond and Washington, DC,
the Hip Hop Caucus will attempt the first ever one-day 50,000 person
voter registration drive through live call-ins, online and on-site
"Radio One has been committed for more than 25 years to the community
and nothing is more important than being able to exercise your right to
vote. Voting is the most fundamental of all of our rights as American
citizens," explains Barry Macon, Corporate Director of Marketing.
52 Radio One Inc stations
across 16 cities will each broadcast live from one central location
allowing registration volunteers to register eligible voters on site.
This nationwide voter drive is a joint effort between Radio One, Inc
and Respect My Vote! creator, Reverend Lennox Yearwood, also co-creator
of the 2004 campaign "Vote or Die" with Sean "P Diddy" Combs.
The initiative looks to bring the large number of African Americans,
ages 18-29, who did not attend college out to the polls to participate
in this year's presidential election.
"We are committed to building awareness to the 'Respect My Vote'
Campaign," explains Hip Hop Caucus CEO, Rev. Yearwood. "Our partnership
with Radio One will help convey the importance of registering to vote
in this year's presidential election, including the more than 8 million
unregistered African-Americans eligible to vote nationwide."
Cities and locations holding registration drives today:
The Gallery at South DeKalb
2801 Candler Road
DeCatur, Georgia 30034
Radio One Baltimore
1705 Whitehead Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21207
The Historical Coffee Cup
9311 J.W. Clay Blvd.
The Urban League of Greater
3458 Reading Road
Revol in Glenville Plaza
10515 St. Clair Ave
5730 Cleveland Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43231
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About Radio One, Inc. (www.radio-one.com ) is one of the nation's largest radio broadcasting companies and the largest radio broadcasting company that primarily targets African-American and urban listeners. Radio One owns and/or operates 53 radio stations located in 16 urban markets in the United States. Additionally, Radio One owns Magazine One, Inc. (d/b/a Giant Magazine) (www.giantmag.com), interests in TV One, LLC (www.tvoneonline.com), a cable/satellite network programming primarily to African-Americans and Reach Media, Inc.
About The Hip Hop Caucus (www.hiphopcaucus.org), a Washington, D.C. based non-partisan community organization has created the "Respect My Vote Campaign" and is being endorsed by Hip Hop star T.I. The brainchild of Rev. Yearwood, co-creator of the 2004 campaign "Vote or Die" with Sean "P Diddy" Combs, The Respect My Vote campaign targets African Americans ages 18-29 who did not attend college. Statistics show only 7% of African Americans 18-29 who did not attend college, voted this past Super Tuesday and this is a target audience that is not being pursued by either campaign. Rev. Yearwood was also the Political and Grassroots Director for Russell Simmons' Hip Hop Summit Action Network, and a Senior Consultant to Jay Z's "Voice Your Choice" initiative. Through the use of the celebrity spokespeople and grassroots voter registration initiative, the Hip Hop Caucus looks to urge young African Americans to register and vote in November.