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Watch and Learn the Importance of Voting from Equal Rights Activist Norma West-Green

UHD's vitalvoices series hosted several speakers on campus in anticipation of Houston's local elections. Norma West Green, an equal rights activist, spoke about the importance of voting. She also described her experience attending the March on Washington in 1963, as well as the challenges she and her peers faced during the Civil Rights Movement.

Durrel Douglas, Co-Founder, Houston Justice, was also on hand to share how he began his career as a community organizer here in Houston.

At the end of the program, Joel Abramowitz, Coordinator, Youth Voter Registration and Civic Engagement, Empower Youth, shared research findings from Tufts University on the latent power young voters hold.

UHD students and Empowered Youth Fellows were on hand to introduce the speakers, as well as participate and ask questions to gain valuable insights. 

As a reminder, early voting is currently open, and Election Day is Nov. 7.


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