The 100 Black Men of Grenada, Inc., is gearing up to host a virtual meeting again this week, this time on voter education and registration.
Roger Givens, president of 100 Black Men of Grenada, would like any available citizens to join them on the call.
“As a citizen of the United States it is your right to be able to vote,” Givens said.
Mississippi Department of Transportation Commissioner Willie Simmons, who is the former Senator for District 13, will be speaking on the call about how the voting registration and voting process works, and how to keep in touch with your officials.
“He is going to let us know how important it is to be a voter and how to stay in contact with your elected officials,” Givens said.
Grenada County Circuit Clerk Michelle Redditt-Garcia will also join and review the voter registration process and what you are to do to become a registered voter if you are not one.
“If you are not a registered voter, Michelle is who you would go see,” Givens said. “She will walk you through all of the steps and can help answer any question you need.”
Givens added that Montgomery County Youth Court Judge Tarik Johnson will join the call, explaining voting rights to those who have committed crimes.
“It’s your responsibility to vote,” Givens said. “People who are elected represent you and it’s your right to be able to choose who represents you. Judge Johnson will speak on those who may have been put in jail and lost their rights to vote, and will explain how those people can get those rights back and the process they go through to become a registered voter again.”
Ms. Bettie Dahmar, the daughter of the late Vernon Dahmer Sr., who was a Mississippi Civil Rights Pioneer, will speak in her father’s honor. He was an advocate for voter’s rights, and Dahmar is carrying on his legacy to make sure citizens know how important it is to be a voter in your community and in the United States.
“When Ms. Dahmar’s father was killed, she and her mother knew just how important his job was and wanted to make sure they finish what he started,” Givens concluded. “She is here to encourage those who are not a registered voter to become one. I can’t stress enough how important it is to be a registered voter. It is your civil duty and right to be one. We don’t get much say in a lot of things, but when we are an active voter, we can.”
The virtual meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26.
To join the Town Hall meeting, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9200782586
The meeting ID is 920 078 2586 and the passcode is 38902.
Residents can also dial in a 1 + (312) 626-6799. When prompted, dial 9200782586#