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A Dozen Souls to the Polls Events Will Celebrate Final Day of Early Vote

Multiple Events Around Boynton Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Pierce, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Riviera Beach, Tallahassee, Tampa and St. Petersburg Will Boost Voter Turnout for African-American Faith Community

For Immediate Release: November 3, 2016
Contact: Mark McCullough,
Elizabeth Fernandez,, 954-652-9897


Miami, FL – This Sunday, a dozen events will unite thousands of congregation members across many faiths to celebrate the last day of the 2016 Early Vote election period. These Souls to the Polls events will facilitate African American voters of faith across the state to ensure their voices are heard in this critical election as voters must choose between protecting President Obama’s legacy and the progress made under his administration and putting our country back in the hands of the Wall Street traders in charge of our future in 2008.

The events on Sunday, November 6, are made possible through pastors and their congregations, with the support of For Florida’s Future, Faith in Florida, AFSCME Florida and SEIU Florida. Each event will feature a variety of live entertainment, family fun and speakers to support the community spirit and sense of pride that comes with standing up for your family, your community and your values through voting.

Souls to the Polls events allow thousands of voters to vote with their congregations and their community. It also provides them the opportunity to vote for progress and equality at the ballot box.

To more information on the events please contact


Jacksonville Area (1 event)
WHERE: Lonnie C. Miller Sr. Regional Park  
7689 Price Lane
Jacksonville, FL 32209

WHEN: Sunday, 2:00 p.m. ET
WHAT: Live performances by renowned gospel artist Beverly Crawfrod, saxophonist Darrell Moore, gospel contemporary artist Justin Roberts, live coverage by radio station Praise 107.9 and a live DJ

Fort Lauderdale/Miami Area (6 events)
WHERE: Outside the North Dade Regional Library
2455 NW 183rd St.
Miami Gardens, FL 33056
WHEN: Sunday, 1:15 p.m. ET
WHAT: Featuring former NFL player Willis McGahee, a Golden Steppers performance, WMBM live remote, Gospel comedian Chicken George and a live DJ

WHERE: Historic Greater Bethel AME
245 NW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33136
WHEN: Sunday, 1:30 p.m. ET
WHAT: Live performance by gospel recording artist Gerald Alston and a live DJ

WHERE: African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
2650 Sistrunk Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311
WHEN: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET
WHAT: Participants will march from New Birth Missionary Baptist (1321 NW 6th St., Ft. Lauderdale), including School Board Chair, Sen. Thurston, Sen. Chris Smith, Rep. Dubose and Comm. McKinzie

WHERE: Miramar City Hall
2300 Civic Center Place
Miramar, FL 33025
WHEN:  Sunday, 1:30 p.m. ET
WHAT: Early vote rally and march to the polls with the Mayor Wayne Messam and Rep. Shevrin Jones. Former Labor Secretary Alexis Herman will be in attendance.

WHERE: Shalom Community Church-North Miami
900 NE 132nd St
North Miami, FL 33161
WHEN: Sunday, 3:00 p.m. ET
WHAT: March from Shalom Church to the North Miami Library for press conference with Desiline Victor, who at 102 years old stood in line for hours to vote for Barack Obama will do the same at 106. (Press Conference will be at 835 NE 132nd St, North Miami, FL 33161.)

WHERE: South Dade Regional Library (West Lawn)
10720 SW 211th St.
Cutler Bay, FL 33189
WHEN: Sunday, 2:00 p.m. ET
WHAT: Featuring a motorcycle caravan, singer Dee Jay and Truella Thompson, the Second Baptist Choir and a live DJ 

Orlando Area (1 event)
WHERE: Dr. James R Smith Neighborhood Center
1723 Bruton Blvd
Orlando, FL 32805
WHEN:  Sunday, 1:30 p.m. ET
WHAT: Live performances by renowned gospel artist and songwriter Jessica Reedy, contemporary gospel artist Jermaine Dolly and gospel artist Marc Jay along with face painting and a live DJ. Clerk of Court Tiffany Moore Russell will also attend. 

Palm Beach Area (3 events)
WHERE: Ezell Hester Community Center
1901 N. Seacrest Boulevard
Boynton Beach, FL 33435
WHEN: Sunday, 2:00 p.m. ET
WHAT: March from the historic St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church (900 North Seacrest Blvd Boynton Beach, FL) to Ezell Hester Center 

WHERE: Wells Recreation Center
2409 Avenue H E
Riviera Beach, FL 33404
WHEN: Sunday, 3:00 p.m. ET
WHAT: Mayor Thomas Masters will be in attendance 

WHERE: Christ Village Resource Center and First Step Park
3090 Ave G
Ft. Pierce, FL  34947
WHEN: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET
WHAT: Meme presentation by Jakeem Jordan, choir selection by New Birth Life Changers, spoken word by Jarvis Rolle, a solo by Bishop Leonard Smith and a live DJ

Tallahassee Area (1 event)
WHERE: Adams Street Commons (Adjacent to City Hall)
228 S. Adams St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
WHEN: Sunday, 1:30 p.m. ET
WHAT: A performance by the FAMU Marching 100 and Tallahassee Nights Live

Tampa Area (3 events)
WHERE: C. Blythe Andrews Jr. Public Library
2101 East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
Tampa, Florida 33610
WHEN: Sunday, 2:00 p.m. ET
WHAT: Tampa Bay Coalition of Clergy will lead events 

WHERE: West Tampa Library
2312 W. Union St.
Tampa, FL 33607
WHEN: Sunday, 1:30 p.m. ET
WHAT: Local area pastors and National Panhellenic Council members will assist voters with rides to the polls.

WHERE: Pinellas Community Gathering  
1540 49th St S
Saint Petersburg, FL 33707
WHEN: Sunday, 12:30 p.m. ET
WHAT: GOTV Block party with local congregations and pastors and Voter Protection training by NAACP


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