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Tyler Perry Funds $500K Effort To Mobilize Black Voters In Florida | BET

Tyler Perry Funds $500K Effort To Mobilize Black Voters In Florida | BET

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The initiative will target 25 counties and 250,000 Black residents in urban areas including Broward and Miami-Dade County.

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Media mogul Tyler Perry is helping to fund a $500,000 mobilization effort in Florida targeting Black voters in the key battleground state. He joins many prominent Black celebrities who are actively helping Black communities ahead of the 2020 presidential election on November 3. 

According to The New York Times, Perry has partnered with a nonpartisan Florida group, the Equal Ground Education Fund, to increase Black voter engagement in the southern state. Officially announced on Thursday (Oct. 15), the “Park & Praise,” initiative will target 25 counties and 250,000 Black residents in urban areas including Broward and Miami-Dade County. 

 

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The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88–352, 78 Stat. 241, enacted July 2, 1964) is a landmark civil rights and labor law in the United States that outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and later sexual orientation. It prohibits unequal application of voter registration requirements, racial segregation in schools and public accommodations, and employment discrimination.

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Initially, powers given to enforce the act were weak, but these were supplemented during later years. Congress asserted its authority to legislate under several different parts of the United States Constitution, principally its power to regulate interstate commerce under Article One (section 8), its duty to guarantee all citizens equal protection of the laws under the Fourteenth Amendment, and its duty to protect voting rights under the Fifteenth Amendment.

The legislation had been proposed by President John F. Kennedy in June 1963, but it was opposed by filibuster in the Senate. After Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson pushed the bill forward. The United States House of Representatives passed the bill on February 10, 1964, and after a 54-day filibuster, it passed the United States Senate on June 19, 1964. The final vote was 290–130 in the House of Representatives and 73–27 in the Senate. After the House agreed to a subsequent Senate amendment, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law by President Johnson at the White House on July 2, 1964.

Source – Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Updated: 12 October 2020) Wikipedia. Available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1964, (Accessed: 18 October 2020)

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