I was born by the river in a little tent
And just like that river I've been running ever since
It's been a long time coming
But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will
-- “A Change is Gonna Come”
Sam Cooke was the first to tell us that “a change is gonna come.” And it did. Within months of the release of his soul classic, black folks marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge and demanded the right to vote.
If you’re among the 89 percent of black Americans who think the country is on the wrong track and want a new direction, then “be the change” and vote.
But before you go to the polls, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation urges you to verify your voting status.
Melanie L. Campbell, convener of Unity ’06, says:
In 2004, the number one problem reported by national voter assistance hotlines was the identification of the caller’s correct polling place. We know tactics have been employed in past elections that disenfranchised a disproportionate number of Black, Latino, senior, student and low income voters. During the 2006 election cycle, we’re geared up to equip voters with empowering tools designed to protect their vote. Voters have got be their own change agents.
To verify your voting status, click here or call 1-866-MY-VOTE1.