African American Voter Registration, Education, & Participation Project
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Increasing African American and urban voter registration, education, and participation through outreach to targeted communities in California. We've registered over 175,000 voters and counting since 2002!

Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the United States, the anniversary of June 19th 1865 when the news reached Galveston that the Civil War was over, and all slaves were now free men and women. This was two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, but word (and soldiers to enforce it) had not reached all parts of the country.

We celebrate and honor Juneteenth as a reminder that the civil rights movement is a continuation of the struggle for freedom, equality and justice. On Wednesday night, AAVREP and Hon. Mark Ridley-Thomas held an inaugural Voter Ed Juneteenth event at the Sacramento Railroad Museum.

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Tomorrow we will be holding the 14th annual Juneteenth Celebration in Los Angeles. These fundraisers help raise the money needed for our voter registration and turnout program this year and especially next year, for the Presidential election.

The entertainment line up tomorrow night will be a Tribute to Blues Legend B.B. King, featuring Guitar Shorty, Arthur Adams and Roy Gains. Also performing will be jazz legend Barbara Morrison. They will be joined by Mistress of Ceremonies, actress, singer and activist Sheryl Lee Ralph.

African American Voter REP Project is the largest organized effort targeting African American and urban voters in the state of California in more than a decade. Founded in January 2002, AAVREP’s mission is to increase African American and urban voter registration, education, and participation through outreach to targeted communities.


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