On September 24, Comcast hosted the final installment of its Xfinity 1VOICE1VOTE series of virtual events to encourage voters to be civically engaged this election season. The series was in partnership with the HBCU National Alumni Alliance with support from the League of Women Voters.
This free event series produced by Buoyant Partners highlighted Black voices and the power of faith and justice in getting out to vote, and to date has already been viewed by more than 60,000 people on social media.
The first event of the series featured a virtual voter empowerment town hall entitled, Counting on Us: A Conversation on Faith and the Vote, with the Rev. Al Sharpton, League of Women Voters President Deborah Turner, New Georgia Project Executive Director Nsé Ufot, and activist and former Washington Post columnist Rahiel Tesfamariam. The town hall was moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Trymaine Lee.
The second 1VOICE 1VOTE event on October 10 featured internationally acclaimed actress Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye performing her award-winning one-woman play, “The Fannie Lou Hamer Story.” This exclusive performance was followed by a dynamic intergenerational panel discussion with founding members of noted civil rights organization, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, along with a new generation of emerging social justice leaders – many who are alumni of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. LaTosha Brown, President of Black Voters Matter, moderated the event.
The final series – the Xfinity 1VOICE1VOTE Virtual Gospel Music Celebration – featured Grammy gospel music award winners Fred Hammond and Tasha Cobbs Leonard; BET’s “Sunday Best” winner, Le’Andria Johnson; and Grammy-nominated gospel artist and 1VOICE1VOTE musical director, Tim Bowman, Jr. Grammy-nominated gospel artist Deitrick Haddon performed his hit song, “I Can’t Breathe,” and there was a special performance by the Baltimore Urban Inspirational Choir. The hosts for this event were gospel artist and TV personality, Lexi Allen, and nationally syndicated gospel radio host, Willie Moore, Jr.
For anyone who missed the 1VOICE1VOTE event series, it can be viewed by going to xfinity1voice1vote.com and also will be replayed on Facebook and YouTube – and available to Comcast subscribers on Xfinity X1’s Election Central by saying “election central” into their voice remote and viewing the 1VOICE1VOTE folder.