A group of local pastors have assembled and formed a group called Prophetic Voices. The group is uniting seven local African-American churches to host a candidates forum where candidates for the November 2018 elections for EBR School Board, City Constable and City Court Judge races can respond to voter questions.
On Tuesday, October 23 at 11:00 a.m, those churches will then host seven concurrent Souls to the Polls events to take hundreds of votes to the Louisiana State Archives building to cast their ballots on the first day of early voting.
Historically, Souls to the Polls events across the country hav allied members of the Afriacan-American faith community to present a unified commitment to critically engaging the electoral process and ensuring their voices are heard at the ballot box. This year, issues such as representation for the East Baton Rouge Parish School system, reappraisal of residential property and the unanimous jury for non-capital felonies, critically affect African American voters and provide a moral imperative to get out the vote, the group said in a press release.
The candidates forum and Souls to the Polls events are supported by Donaldson Chapel Baptist Church, Elm Grove Baptist Church, New Canaan Baptist Church, New Sunlight Baptist Church, Redwood Baptist Church, Saint Joseph Baptist Church, and Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.
The forum is to be held at Shiloh Baptist Church at 185 Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive.