A group of voting rights activists traveled to downtown Birmingham Monday as part of a national tour to encourage participation in next month’s election.
Standing before the historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, they called on voters to cast their ballots for the November 3 general election.
“We’re traveling across this country, going to places where no one is even knocking on folks’ doors because we believe we can actually make a difference by centering the most marginalized communities at the center of the conversation,” said Tamika Mallory, a cofounder of Until Freedom, one of the social justice groups leading the rally.
Mallory said the goal of their six-state tour is to fight voter suppression in states where voter turnout is key.
The rally included a number of speakers including Jefferson County Commissioner Lashunda Scales, the mother of Breonna Taylor, the Black woman who was shot and killed by Louisville police in March, and Sarah Collins Rudolph, who was injured in the 1963 bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.