When Donna Brazile makes and appearance, a message touting the importance of voting is never far behind.

Such was the case Friday evening when Brazile delivered the keynote speech and accepted the Fannie Lou Hamer award for Political Leadership at the NAACP Philadelphia Gala Awards Reception at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

“We’ve got too much at stake to even think about sitting home on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. If you don’t mark that on your calendar then I tell you, don’t complain and don’t call the NAACP when you get pulled over,” Brazile said to applauds. “This is a day, and this is a moment. And while I am a Democrat and I am proud to be a Democrat, I am urging every American to get out and cast your ballot.”

Brazile repeatedly reminded the few hundred gala attendees that they have 25 days before the midterm elections. She pointed out the impact Black voters, particularly women, had last year in electing the first Black female mayor in Charlotte (Vi Lyles) as well as the first Black mayor of St. Paul, Minn. (Melvin Carter).

She highlighted the importance of the gubernatorial elections in Florida and Georgia next month, where African Americans Andrew Gillum (Fla.) and Stacey Abrams could become the first African-American governors of those states.

“Dec. 12, 2017, will go down in history as the date that African Americans recognized their political strength in the South,” she said, noting that it was the African-American vote that secured an upset win in the Senate race for Democrat Doug Jones over Trump candidate Roy Moore. “But there is more work to be done. We can’t rest and we can’t be weary. You have the power and you must exercise your right to vote because the NAACP has been fighting for that and other rights for over a century.”


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