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Expressing ourselves

OBV’s Express Yourself youth event aimed to inspire more young people to get involved in politics.

By Richard Sudan

Last night saw Operation Black Vote’s ‘Express Yourself’ youth event, to celebrate our most precious resource and brightest hope for the future – our young people, and encourage become full and active players in a political process which for many of them has seemed abstract to their lives for too long.

With performances from a range of musical artists, poets, and comedians, and with key speeches from political heavyweights, Chuka Umunna, Shaun Bailey, and Sarah Teather MP, attendees were given the chance to hear the sentiments of young positive, ambitious, and successful black role models speak about the reasons as to why they entered politics, and on the vital role that young people must play in shaping our democracy.

Chuka Umunna

Chuka Umunna, PPC for Streatham highlighting the importance of young people becoming as involved as possible in their local communities commented: “In this historic year it is more important than ever that young people get registered to vote.

We don’t know what the result of the election is going to be. Every vote will count”

‘Express Yourself’ was held at the beginning of what will prove to be a historic week for OBV.

Reverend Al Sharpton, the esteemed civil rights activist and former presidential candidate is arriving in the UK tomorrow as OBV’s guest, and will deliver a keynote speech at Thursday’s ‘Realising the dream’ event which will be sure to bring the house down.

The event will mark the birthday of Dr Martin Luther King, and is part of Operation Black Vote’s ongoing commitment to promote, encourage and inspire the next generation of BME leaders to be the very best they can be.

Shaun Bailey

With what is looking like a watershed election on the horizon here in the UK, the role that ethnic minority communities must play in the democratic process needs to become a reality.

When we utilise our voice starting with our vote the decision makers will ignore us at their peril.

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