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Push for voter registration includes speeches & fun

The NAACP of Jeff Davis County sponsored a candidate forum at the Courthouse in Prentiss Sept. 18th and the South Central Chapter of Asa Philip Randolph Institute and Mississippi Association of Educators sponsored a morning of candidate speeches and forum as well as entertainment and food at the Long Leaf Gateway Park Saturday, Sept. 20th.

Shirley Burnham / The Prentiss Headlight—Members of the Asa Philip Randolph Institute organization and the Mississippi Association of Educators sponsored an event in the Long Leaf Gateway Park in Prentiss to encourage voter registration and voters to become familiar with the candidates and their platforms.

Shirley Burnham / The Prentiss Headlight—Members of the Asa Philip Randolph Institute organization and the Mississippi Association of Educators sponsored an event in the Long Leaf Gateway Park in Prentiss to encourage voter registration and voters to become familiar with the candidates and their platforms.

While children enjoyed the park amenities adults brought their lawn chairs and listened intently to the rhetoric of county political candidates.

Voter registration forms were available as well as information on the sponsoring organizations and candidates.

South Central APRI Chapter President Chellie Payne stated the event was nonpartisan and encouraged everyone who had not registered to vote to do so and those who had to go to cast their votes in the coming elections.

The PHS Baby Blazin Bullettes performed for those gathered and door prizes were given away. Hot dog plates and fundraiser fishplates were served at the end of the event to benefit Student scholarships and leadership conference fees.

Participants included political candidates, SCAPRI President Chellie Payne, APRI State Youth Coordinator Andrea Payne and APRI State President John Graves.

Shirley Burnham / The Prentiss Headlight—Members of the Asa Philip Randolph Institute organization and the Mississippi Association of Educators sponsored an event in the Long Leaf Gateway Park in Prentiss to encourage voter registration and voters to become familiar with the candidates and their platforms.

Shirley Burnham / The Prentiss Headlight—Members of the Asa Philip Randolph Institute organization and the Mississippi Association of Educators sponsored an event in the Long Leaf Gateway Park in Prentiss to encourage voter registration and voters to become familiar with the candidates and their platforms.