Ms. Tina Lawson continues to be recognized as an outspoken advocate for the Black community.
She is using her influence to uplift and inform with a new initiative in partnership with African Pride and And Still I Vote. This campaign is a national call to action spearheaded by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Together, they aim to ensure that Black and Brown communities across the United States get out and vote in the upcoming presidential election in November.
According to Essence, the five-month long campaign recently kicked off and will run until Election Day on November 3. to this initiative, Lawson will also be hosting a star-studded Instagram Live series called Talks with Mama Tina. This social media series will be presented by African Pride to promote voter rights, share key voting statistics and more.
The article further states Lawson’s response to the project, “I really have a lot of appreciation that African Pride wanted to do something and that they went about finding a project that they could lend their voice to. Every product company, every business, especially the ones that are in the Black community or that appeal to the Black community, they should do their part. [African Pride] stepped up, and they wanted to do something and they wanted to make a difference.
A lot of companies just take and when it’s time to give back, you don’t hear from them. So I really applaud them in this effort to team up with us, and I look forward to a good relationship with them.”
While many celebrities have promoted the tactic of withholding the vote as a bargaining tool for the Black community, she recommends that we do the exact opposite.
“I understand where they’re coming from, but I think the negotiation process of getting more rights and power for Black people should be before the vote. They need to be contacting those candidates and saying what they want. I think it’s damaging when people just get up and say, ‘Oh, well, I’m not going to vote at all,’ because that’s why we have the leader we have now. I think it’s divisive. Use that voice to get in touch with the leaders that are running and say, ‘Listen, these are the initiatives that we want to see, and we’re going to get behind you,’ and that’s how you do it.”