NAACP holds its voting empowerment workshop

The NAACP was founded in 1909 and is the world’s largest and oldest civil rights organization in the world. (WJBC File Photo)


BLOOMINGTON – The Bloomington-Normal NAACP was empowering voters at a workshop at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Bloomington on Saturday.

The workshop included officials from the Bloomington election commission offering training on how to register voters, instructions on how to access voter registration, and eligibility information.

The NAACP was founded in 1909 and is the world’s largest and oldest civil rights organization in the world.

Bradley Ross Jackson is the president of the NAACP Youth Council. He turns 18 next month and said he’s fully prepared to start voting and hopes others his age recognize the importance of the voting process.

“Our vote is our voice. So I want to make sure to learn, to make sure to put all the names on the ballot and check all the boxes that I need to,” said Jackson. “And then also most importantly, I know that a lot of students my age or younger need to make sure to learn about this so they can make the world a better place in the future.”

The primary election is on March 19.

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