In the final stretch toward Election Day, The African American Children’s Book Project, founded by Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati, and The Brown Bookshelf invite the Black publishing community to help mobilize voters. Please read the post below, spread the word and sign on in the comments to add your name. Our hashtag is #whywevote. We would love for you to share this post on social media with a line or two about why voting matters to you. Together, we can make a difference.
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
Literacy tests, grandfather clauses, poll taxes, intimidation and violence were once used to try to stop our people from voting. As voter suppression efforts intensify, we are reminded of that history and recognize that we are at another pivotal time. We, the undersigned Black authors, illustrators, booksellers, librarians and publishing professionals, stand with those who came before us, who fought for us, who believed in the power of participation. We must push for a brighter, more just future for the children we serve. This is why we vote.
This is not the time to sit this one out. This is not the time to catch you on the next one. This is the time to use your power. Make this commitment to justice, honor each and all of our stories, and vote!
What you can do NOW!
Make A Voting Plan – visit iwillvote.com for additional information.
Encourage others to do the same.
Our lives have infinite value. Your voice matters. Be the change. Vote!
“Change comes with action. With action comes change.”
Kelly Starling Lyons
Paula Chase Hyman
Tameka Fryer Brown
Cheryl Willis Hudson
James E. Ransome
Carole Boston Weatherford
Andrea Davis Pinkney
Sharon G. Flake
Judy Allen Dodson
Sharon G. Langley
Synthia Saint James
Nikki Shannon Smith
Leslie C. Youngblood
Dr. Marietta Collins
Gloria Jean Pinkney
Dr. Claudette McLinn
Sign on in the comments to add your name.