Local Church Registers Voters To Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday
By Rory O’Sullivan –
“We have a right to vote,” bellowed pastor Levonzo Gray, “and on November 6, 2012, we are going to vote to change America.”
The pews of Park Avenue Missionary Baptist Church in Riverside erupted in cheers during the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. The birthday present honoring Dr. King was more then 20 new registered voters.
Religious leaders in the Riverside area are joining forces to register as many residents as possible.
“We got a lot of young people, which we wanted, ” said Pastor Ralph Rivers.
Young people like 21-year-old, Miriam Padilla, a student from San Bernardino said she is excited about voting in the November election.
“I need to be active right?” asked Padilla.
The coalition of pastors said this is just the beginning and they are pledging to get hundreds of people registered for the upcoming president ial election. They expressed the importance of voting as a way to make the country a better place to live in.
“Voting expresses our opinions,” said pastor Rev. Paul S. Munford of New Joy Baptist Church in Riverside. “Voting makes an impact on the issues and the outcome of those issues,” he added.
The pastors agreed that getting people to vote is one of the best ways to honor the slain civil rights leaders legacy.
Event organizers said more than 400 people came to the birthday celebration and voter registration event.
You can register to vote online https://www.sos.ca.gov/nvrc/fedform / or at the Riverside Registrar’s office located at 2724 Gateway Drive Riverside, CA 92507.
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