Black Girls Vote (BGV) and Under Armour have teamed up to get the word out about voting. Both brands are using their platforms to bring people together to make their vote count.
BGV founder, Nykidra Robinson, and Under Armour’s Sr. Director for Government Relations, Hun Quach, came together Friday, October 23, 2020 at Downtown Locker Room (DTLR) in Hanover, Maryland to host “Party at the Mailbox.” More than a dozen volunteers stuffed packages filled with goodies to encourage people to vote.
Volunteers pack boxes at The Party at Mailbox drive sponsored by Black Girls Vote and Under Armour in Hanover, Mary- land October 23, 2020. Photo credit: Jamira Newby
The boxes included a BGV shirt, a mask, and a snack. Both organizations hosted this event to express the significance of voting and increase voter participation.
“When we look at elections, we often hear about the Black woman’s vote. We need more policy. Let’s mobilize our community. Let’s educate our community and start to demand more resources for our community,” said Robinson.
“This initiative has been a part of our ‘Run to Vote’ initiative, which has been targeted at driving voters to the polls,” said Quach. “We have an opportunity to make sure that everyone gets their voice heard. So, we’re really thrilled to be a part of that movement to drive as many voters to the polls as possible.”
Party at The Mailbox got the attention of Camila Rodriguez from Baltimore. “Voting isn’t only for the president.
It’s also for local officials, congressional and senate seats which are important,” said Rodriguez. “Since COVID has made it harder to vote, due to less polling places being open and social distancing making the process even slower, getting your vote in early or mailing in are very important.”
Black Girls Votes launched the event to coincide with early voting in Maryland which began Monday, October 26, 2020. According to The Maryland State Board of Elections more than 161,000 voters turned out on the first day of voting beating the single-day early voting record of 143,494 set during early voting in the 2016 general election.
“Voting in general plays such a big impact in our lives. It determines how we will continue to live in our community,” said Morgan Mayo from Elkridge who checked out the event. “I’m a first-time voter. I am voting this year by mail.” Robinson said she is proud of what the organization is doing. This election season alone she said BGV has distributed more than 3,000 boxes to Black women in Baltimore