Partners in the project include the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and Black Youth Vote
, among others.
Among the better-known players in mobilizing young voters through arts and culture is the National Hip Hop Political Convention, Russell Simmons' Hip Hop Summit, Black Youth Vote
, Punk Voter, Music for America, Head Count and The Next Wave of Women in Power, with their "We Got Issues" CD.
The black youth vote
will be extremely important in the upcoming elections," says Angela Woodson of Cleveland's Blacks United in Local Democracy.
city commissioner; youngest person ever elected to City Commission (was Florida A&M University student at the time); recognized by Congressional Black Caucus Foundation as "Emerging Leader for 2003"; board member, Black Youth Vote
Coalition, a program of the National Coalition of Black Civic Participation in Washington, D.
The coalition's Black Youth Vote
project is training young organizers to work in 10 states this year to boost African-American turnout, especially among those between 18 and 29.
Among those profiled are: Ras Baraka, a community activist in Newark, New Jersey (and the son of poet Amiri Baraka); Donna Frisby, executive director for Philadelphia Inner-City Games and co-chair of Black Youth Vote
at the National Coalition of Black Civic Participation; Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Young blacks do respect the NAACP, but there is a disconnect," says Chic Smith, the co-chair of Black Youth Vote
and founder of Urbanthinktank.