Fair Count announces ‘Black Men Speak’ program and prepares for MLK ‘Census Week of Service’ with events throughout Georgia

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January 14th, 2020

Anthony Hill

Fair Count announces ‘Black Men Speak’ program and prepares for MLK ‘Census Week of Service’ with events throughout Georgia

ATLANTA — Today, Fair Count, Inc. announced in advance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day a new program, Black Men Speak. Black Men are historically the most undercounted of all racial and ethnic groups in the decennial census.

“Black Men Speak developed in conversations about the need for spaces for Black men to get together and really strategize about how to ensure we are all being counted and participating civically in Georgia and around the nation,” said Ed Reed, the Program Director for Fair Count.

Black Men Speak is a replicable program whereby Black men gather and have informal dialogues to come up with innovative strategies regarding the census and civic engagement at large. Hosted in homes, barbershops, community centers event spaces, and more, the program is supported by Fair Count and the ideas from the meetings will help steer mobilization efforts for the 2020 Census and civic participation efforts.

“It makes sense to kick this new program off during MLK Day weekend. We are committed to educating and mobilizing communities to ensure they are fairly and accurately counted in the upcoming census so they receive their fair share of resources and political power,” said Reed. “We honor Dr. King and his legacy by lifting up our communities and demanding equity and justice.”

The first Black Men Speak events will occur during Fair Count’s ‘Census Week of Service’in honor of MLK Day.

Census Week of Service Schedule of Events:

Census 101- Learn about the Census
Thursday, January 16th, 2020, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Charlton County Library, 1291 Indian Trail, Folkston, GA 31537

Fair Count Informational – Learn about the Census
Thursday, January 16th, 2020, 6:00 PM

Rochelle Community Center and Senior Citizens Center, 988 First Ave, Rochelle, GA 31079

Black Men Speak
Thursday, January 16th, 2020, 8:00 PM

The Gathering Spot, 384 Northyards Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
*Event is at capacity

Black Men Speak
Thursday, January 16th, 2020, 7:30 PM

Klose Kutz Barbershop, 3604 Macon Rd #18, Columbus, GA 31907

Tifton Neighborhood Service Center Census Jobs Day
Friday, January 17, 2020, 11:00 AM to 2:00PM

Tifton Neighborhood Service Center, 2737 Central Ave S, Tifton, GA 31794

Athens Census Jobs Day of Action
Friday, January 17, 2020, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Bigger Vision of Athens, 95 North Ave, Athens GA, 30603

Black Men Speak
Friday, January 17, 2020, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The Hair Hospital, 122 S. Wayne St, Milledgeville, GA 31061

Census Family Outreach and Jobs Day
Saturday, January 18th, 2020, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Blakley Alternative School, 649 Howell St, Blakely, GA 39823


About Fair Count

Founded by Stacey Abrams in 2019, Fair Count, Inc. is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to partnering with HTC communities to achieve a fair and accurate count of all people in Georgia and the nation in the 2020 Census and to strengthening the pathways to greater civic participation. For more information about Fair Count, visit faircount.org.  

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