Beyond the Hashtag: Next Moves for Action

In partnership with PBS Black Culture Connection, we are discussing the importance of direct action working with digital activism to solve some of the issues affecting our community.

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Blake Stoner is a sophomore at Morehouse College. Samantha Richards is a junior at Clark Atlanta University. Credit Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

Blake Stoner is a sophomore at Morehouse College. Samantha Richards is a junior at Clark Atlanta University. Credit Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

As several Ferguson officials resigned this week, Atlanta college students under the direction of the NAACP spent their days meeting the city’s residents.

In four days they registered more than 150 Ferguson and Jennings residents to vote, and collected contact information for another 3,000.

According to Atlanta NAACP president Richard Rose, that information will be used to help get out the vote for the April 7th municipal elections.

“It doesn’t count unless you pull the lever or punch the card or whatever the voting apparatus is. You only can participate if you go and vote,” Rose said.

Less than 12 percent of Ferguson Township’s registered voters participated in last year’s municipal elections. Ferguson Township includes other municipalities in addition to Ferguson. County-wide, the turnout was just over 12 percent.

Rose says that while demonstrations are part of political action, the visiting students didn’t attend protests while in Ferguson because that wasn’t the purpose of their trip.

For Clark Atlanta University student Samantha Richards, the week was an opportunity to see the Ferguson beyond the headlines. She said she has been inspired by the people she meant.

“I mean, there was not one person whose door we stopped at in knocking on residents doors that did not give us encouragement,” Richards said.

She said the highlight of the trip was visiting area high schools on Thursday, where she was able to give some of that inspiration back, and encourage the high school students to go beyond voting.

She said she told the students that “once you do vote your job is not done….Now it’s up to you to make sure you get the result that you want, by holding your elected council members and representatives accountable.”

Morehouse College student Blake Stoner said the work they did registering voters is only the beginning, and he wished they could have done more.

“It is good to register people to vote, but if you don’t give them the motivation to vote, they just have another right that they’re not going to use,” Stoner said. “So we did help. But more people are going to have to come. More people are going to have to do more work.”

All told, about 50 students participated in the alternative spring break organized by the Atlanta NAACP.

Continue reading the story here.

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NAACP Black History Month Events

 

For Black History Month, the NAACP Digital Media team has composed a list of events to commemorate our history.

Social Media:

  • NAACP will feature daily #BHM2015 historical posts on Facebook and Twitter, focusing on women who have made great contributions to society. You are encouraged to share the daily posts on your social media.
     

  • A tribute cover photo on Facebook during black history month will feature the faces eight iconic women from past and present--with one woman representing the future of the NAACP, Jazminique Holley, president of the Missouri Youth and College division.  
     

  • #AskCWB: During February, Instagram users are to submit a 15 second video using the hashtag #AskCWB, NAACP President/CEO Brooks will answer questions with a response video on Instagram.

Mobile:

  • Feb. 2, we launch our Black History Month Scavenger Hunt--with clues derived from the daily social media content. Text HISTORY to 62227 to join in, standard text messaging rates apply.

NAACPConnect Google Hangout on Air Schedule, in conjunction with PBS Black Culture Connection:

Feb. 3, 4pm ET - Image Awards - Artists and Activism Google Hangout on Air featuring MC Lyte: Legendary artist, activist and philanthropist MC Lyte joins us to discuss the importance of artists taking part in activism. Michelle Nealy (Hope Scholarship) is hosting and Nicole Kenney will be joining in the conversation. Join the conversation too using the hashtag: #AskMCLyte.

The 46th NAACP Image Awards airs live, Feb. 6 8pm ET on TV One. For more information, click here.

Feb. 17, 8pm ET--Beyond the Hashtag: Next Moves for Action Google Hangout on Air: Jazminique Holley, St. Louis NAACP college chapter leader will be discussing local college student work in Ferguson, Shekira Dennis from Houston Justice will discuss her action with their grand jury project. Author and activist Shaun King (Daily Kos, The Power of 100)  is joining us to provide insight about the importance of digital activism. Sammie Dow, NAACP Director of Youth College Division is hosting. Join the conversation using the hashtag: #BeyondTheHashtag.

Feb 24, 8pm ET--The Movement: Sounds of Revolution Google Hangout on Air: Kevin P. Turner, Univ. of Alabama-Birmingham music instructor/director will be breaking down the history of religion and art’s part in the Civil Rights Movement, with live demonstrations. ACT-SO musicians/poets are also taking part, reciting original and historical literature. ACT-SO National Director, Larry Brown Jr. will be hosting. Join the conversation using the hashtag: #SoundsOfRevolution.

Washington, DC area #InstaMeet--#NAACPMeet:

  • Feb. 28 #NAACPMeet: In coordination with Instagram and Facebook, we will meet on the final day of Black History Month at a historical Black history site in Washington, DC. To RSVP and receive the secret location, click here.

Contact your local NAACP branch or chapter for events in your area.

 

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