Courtesy Julien Virgin

Angela Rye, Janelle Monae headline "When We All Vote" Rally at Spelman College

By Julien Virgin

September 28, 2018 - 12:30 am

Angela Rye and Janelle Monae visited Spelman College to encourage students to register to vote in the November primaries.

As part of former First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative, When We All Vote, the two culture figures spoke to hundreds of HBCU students packed into historic Sisters Chapel on campus. 

"I'm so happy to be here on the behalf of my forever first lady, Mrs. Michelle Obama," proclaimed Monae to the crowd adding, "When we all vote, we have the power to change the world; to shape the future."

Launched in August, Obama's non-partisan organization aims embolden all students to not only regrister to vote before the October 9th deadline, but to also vote in the November 6th midterm election.

Students left the Chapel excited to have their voices heard on the upcoming ballot.

"We all have a part to play... we all have a part in this thing called Democracy," said Student Government Leader Amanda Adebyao.

Although the excitement was high, Adebyao reminded her classmates that "You have to be as purposeful as you are passionate." 

Over 600 Black woman are on the ballot for the 2018 midterm election, including Spelman graduate Stacey Abrams running against Brian Kemp for Govornor of Georgia.

To get registered to vote, text WeAllVote to 97779.

For more information, visit www.whenweallvote.org