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Thursday, December 14, 2017

National Black Caucus of State Legislators Applauds Alabama Delegation


December 14, 2017 – Washington, D.C. --
  The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) applauds the Alabama Delegation for encouraging people from their Districts to vote in the special Senatorial election.  Black voters in the state went to the polls in record numbers with African American women playing a significant role in the overall election results.

“NBCSL members in Alabama demonstrated their ability to turn out the vote with African Americans showing unity at the voting booths,” said Gregory Porter, President of the NBCSL.  “The Alabama delegation created a statewide coalition based on a common goal of generating positive results for everyone who lives in Alabama and now have a model that can be replicated by NBCSL members at the local level in states across the nation.”

The NBCSL members in Alabama developed and implemented a multi-pronged plan to get people out to vote that included going door-to-door to speak to residents, distributing flyers, and engaging their partners in the Faith Community.  In addition, they provided the public with voter education information to ensure their constituents were knowledgeable of the issues and candidates.

Many of the historic events that occurred during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s that changed America and the world for ever including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Birmingham Church Bombing, the march across the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, and other events all happened in Alabama.

“Residents in Alabama have been at the forefront of change for decades,” said Porter.  “The NBCSL will build upon the strategy and momentum from the election that the Alabama delegation has created to educate and register more people across the United States to vote in preparation for the important mid-term elections in November of 2018.”

The National Black Caucus of State Legislators is the nation’s premier organization representing and serving the interests of African American State Legislators.  With more than 700 members representing more than 60 million Americans, NBCL serves as a national network, advocate, and catalyst for public policy innovation, information exchange, and joint action on critical issues affecting African Americans and other marginalized communities.  Through research, education, and advocacy, NBCSL strengthens its members and helps ensure their strong, effective and influential voice on Capitol Hill.
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