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Spelman College Hosts Atlanta’s When We All Vote Rally Co-Chaired by Michelle Obama and Headlined by Co-Chair Janelle Monae Share a Spelman College Press Release


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Joyce Davis
Spelman College
404-270-5871
jdavis44@spelman.edu 
Twitter:@SpelmanMedia

Stephanie Young, Stephanie@WhenWeAllVote.org
Crystal Carson, Crystal@WhenWeAllVote.org 
Kirsten Allen, Kirsten@WhenWeAllVote.org



whenweallvote-logoATLANTA (Sept. 5, 2018) – Spelman College will be the host site of a When We All Vote Rally in the Atlanta University Center on Thursday, Sept. 27. When We All Vote Co-Chair Janelle Monae will headline the event, which is open to students, faculty and staff of the AUC institutions.

In August, When We All Vote Co-Chair Michelle Obama announced a series of flagship events during When We All Vote’s National Week of Action (Sept. 22-29). In her video message, she urged Americans to sign up to volunteer and host events around the country to register voters, and get people engaged and prepared to vote in the midterm elections and beyond.

“There is no time more important than now to be civically engaged and exercise our right to vote,” said Spelman President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D. “Spelman students have been registering their classmates to vote since August – signing up more than one third of our first-year class as soon as they stepped on campus. We are excited about the energy and advocacy When We All Vote will bring to the Atlanta University Center.”

This evening, Obama will participate in a special volunteer call asking Americans to host an event during the Week of Action. When We All Vote is teaming up with thousands of community leaders, colleges and universities, artists, athletes, and influencers to help organize, sign up volunteers and host events in communities across the country.  

“Voting is the only way to ensure that our values and priorities are represented in the halls of power. And it's not enough to just vote for president every four years,” said Obama, who will be headline events in Las Vegas (Sept. 23) and Miami (Sept. 28). “We all have to vote in every single election: for mayor, governor, school board, state legislature and Congress. The leaders we elect to these offices help determine just about every aspect of our lives and our democracy. So, the future of our families, our communities and our country belongs to those of us who show up, cast our votes, and make our voices heard."  

The rallies in Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Miami are three of at least a dozen flagship events that will be held in cities across the nation taking place during the Week of Action. Details on locations, ticketing and remaining flagship events, are forthcoming. 

FLAGSHIP CITIES INCLUDE:
Detroit, MI
Los Angeles, CA
Baltimore, MD
Miami, FL
Atlanta, GA
Chicago, IL
Las Vegas, NV
New York, NY
Pittsburgh, PA
Nashville, TN
Houston, TX
Cleveland, OH

About When We All Vote
When We All Vote—a new national, nonpartisan not-for-profit—brings together citizens, institutions, and organizations to spark a conversation about our rights and responsibilities in shaping our democracy. Namely, the responsibility of registering and voting.  

When We All Vote’s co-chairs are some of America’s most trusted voices, including Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monáe, Chris Paul, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw. Join the conversation by talking to friends, family, and neighbors about the importance of their voice and their vote. Because When We All Vote, we can change the world. For more information on When We All Vote, Please visit: When We All Vote.

About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a leading liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Spelman is the country's leading producer of Black women who complete Ph.D.s in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The College’s status is confirmed by U.S. News and World Report, which ranked Spelman No. 61 among all liberal arts colleges and No. 1 among historically Black colleges and universities. The Wall Street Journal ranked the College No. 3, nationally, in terms of student satisfaction. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman, Starbucks Group President and COO Rosalind Brewer, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley, global bioinformatics geneticist Janina Jeff and author Pearl Cleage. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu

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