The Beta Rho Sigma Chapter, also known as the Sigmas of Charlotte, have planned an exciting way to mobilize the community to get out and vote with SOULS TO THE POLLS. Phi Beta Sigma chapters are encouraged to replicate this amazing program throughout the nation! On Sunday, October 30, 2016, Beta Rho Sigma Chapter, in partnership with the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, will participate in Voter Engagement: SOULS TO THE POLLS from 1:30PM to 4:00PM.
Dressed in their official Sigma attire, members will attend the 11:30AM Worship Service of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, one of Charlotte, NC’s largest churches, located at 3400 Beatties Ford Road. At the conclusion of the service, the brothers and church members, will be joined by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the community and march 1.2 miles from the church to the nearest polling place, Beatties Ford Road Library and participate in early voting.
During the trek to the polling place, Phi Beta Sigma will sponsor food from TC2 Smokehouse along the route, with food stations and water distribution. Considering the potential for long lines in warm weather and easy distractions, the chapter will provide music entertainment to encourage the community to stay in line and reach their goal.
To accommodate the handicapped, senior citizens and those voters unable to walk the distance to the Delta Center, another polling place 4 miles from the church, transportation will be provided.
“We believe that this election is not only critical for the national election, but it’s just as important on the state and local levels,” shares Brother Kevin Richardson, Chapter President. “The nation has seen the debate over the widely criticized Voter ID law which was overturned, along with HB2 and HB972 at the state level, and the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott which resulted in riots and protests. We all have work to do to heal the City of Charlotte, the State of NC and our country!”
Brother Richardson goes on to share “Our purpose is to show the community that educated men of color are leading the charge to get the community out to the polls and vote.”
For Sigma members and friends in the area desiring to participate and needing additional information,