The Black Vote: A Guide to Navigating the 2020 Election

Thursday, October 29, 2020 6:30 PM


The African and African American Studies Program and Student Engagement for Racial Justice Program are excited to be hosting an active workshop on the history of voter’s suppression and contextualizing its current presence in Black and Brown communities. 'The Black Vote:  A Guide to Navigating the 2020 Election' will serve as an opportunity for students to create their own personalized voting plan, which will help them navigate the many barriers that exist today. Participants will receive a “Black GMU Votes” face mask along with a digital “Voter’s Toolkit.”



The workshop will be led by Tylik M. McMillan, a native of Lawrenceville Virginia, by way of Harrisburg Pennsylvania is a recent graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Political Science. Since the age of 13, under the leadership of Rev. Al Sharpton, Tylik has served as the South Eastern Regional Youth Director, current Washington D.C. Bureau Policy Advisor and National Director of Youth and College of the National Action Network which is one of the nation's leading civil rights organizations working in the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr to promote the modern civil rights agenda. Tylik is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and member of the Virginia Civics Advisory Council. Alongside his work Tylik has been featured in the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, BBC World News, BET, among other global, national and local outlets. Tylik wishes to inspire other young people to get involved and make civic engagement the new norm, not exception.


In addition to the workshop, AAAS and SERJ will be presenting a #BlackGMUVotes campaign to highlight and amplify the civic engagement of our Black voters on GMU’s campus. To encourage safe voting practices, we will be providing custom “Black GMU Votes” masks which will be given away from 10/26-10/28. Masks will be available for pick-up at George Mason University in the Patriot Lounge (following all COVID-19 regulations) on Monday, October 26th from 11:00am-2:00pm and Wednesday, October 28th from 11:00am-2:00pm. The deadline to request a mask through shipment is Tuesday, October 27th at 5:00 PM. There is limited quantity, however there will be plenty of opportunities to win a mask! **Due to limited quantity, students will only be able to receive a mask if they have registered for the “The Black Vote” workshop or if they have won a mask on social media.


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