Philadelphia, PA – Organized labor, elected officials and Black leaders from across the country will come together to lift up champions of the Black vote and pay homage to a true icon in the civil rights movement, Rev. Dr. Joseph E Lowery, during DogonVillage.com’s Democratic National Convention (DNC) Watch Party July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia. Hosted by actress, Vivica A. Fox, and Chair of the Darby Township Democratic Party, Richard Womack Jr., the “Celebration of the Black Vote,” will feature dinner, dancing and a performance by Grammy-winning singer, Howard Hewett.
“Dr. Lowery led the Selma to Montgomery March that inspired passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a major triumph of the civil rights movement which secured the right vote for Blacks, Asians, Latinos, and Native Americans,” says Felicia Davis, co-founder of DogonVillage.com.
Davis continues, “From his work with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to delivering the benediction for President Barack Obama, Dr. Lowery’s leadership and sacrifice has helped to change the face of America. A true visionary, almost 20 years ago he had DogonVillage.com build and host the SCLC website. We honor him by making sure millennials understand why – as Dr. Lowery says – voting is not just a sacred right, it’s a moral obligation.”
Influential thought leaders confirmed to attend include: Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-FL); Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman George “G. K.” Butterfield (D-NC); Assistant Democratic Leader, Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC); Congressman David Scott (D-GA); civil and woman’s rights leader, Melanie L. Campbell; civil rights attorney, Barbara Arnwine; president of Women Flying High, Rita Jackson Samuels, and civil rights leader and former presidential candidate, Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Ryan N. Boyer, business manager for Laborers’ District Council of Philadelphia & Vicinity, the Presenting Sponsor of the watch party said, “It’s an honor to celebrate those who fought for our right to vote, the hard-working individuals getting people to the polls, and most importantly, voters.” Boyer continues, “Recognizing our past contributions is a great way to get fired up to go out and mobilize voters. This election will determine America’s direction on critical issues like livable wages and safeguarding the power of labor unions to protect workers. Working together we can make history again.”
Produced by DogonVillage.com, the oldest Black-oriented website focused on digital advocacy, the nonpartisan celebration will provide a screen for guests to monitor the convention and assess how they address important issues related to the Black community.
The 2016 DNC Watch Party will take place 7:30 PM – 12:30 AM in the ballroom of the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall on Penns Landing, 1301 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19147.
Celebrating 20 years of digital advocacy, DogonVillage.com (www.dogonvillage.com) is a grassroots site created to enhance the efforts of organizers performing outreach on the ground in African American communities. In addition to providing a vehicle s to get the word out globally, our strategic integration of online and offline communications tactics, events and outreach, have resulted in compelling multimedia campaigns that build brands, shape public opinion and impact legislative policy. DogonVillage.com made history in 2000 providing digital access during the first legally sanctioned online elections in Arizona.
About Laborers’ District Council of Metropolitan Philadelphia & Vicinity
The Laborers’ District Council (www.ldc-phila-vic.org), presenting sponsor of the 2016 DNC Watch Party, works on behalf of more than 5,000 members, to help to secure projects, promote the hiring of union workers, and meet the quality-of-life and quality-of-work needs of employees and employers in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties.