With midterm elections approaching, many people have been endorsing, canvasing, and campaigning for Stacey Abrams to be the first African American woman governor for Georgia and in the nation. Amongst the people advocating and campaigning for Stacey Abrams has been Will Ferrell, Oprah Winfrey, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Barack Obama, and various other trailblazers and citizens within the community and across the nation.
On November 2, 2018, former President Barack Obama gave a speech to encourage citizens of all age groups that their voice matters and why Stacey Abrams is the best candidate to be governor for Georgia in this midterm election. Hundreds of people were in line outside the Atlanta University Center since 9 am to secure their placement inside the Morehouse Forbes Arena to hear Barack Obama give his speech later that evening.
As Obama stepped onto the stage, there was an immediate applause and instant chants of “Yes we can” from the audience as he stood at the podium prepared to speak.
As Obama began to speak, he first namelessly blasted Brian Kemp for not stepping down from his current job as the state’s chief election official while running for governor against Stacy Abrams. He emphasizes Brian Kemp’s motive of trying to disenfranchise and take away citizen’s right to vote due to his voter suppression and destroyed ballots as a result of his “exact match” policy.
Obama asked the crowd, “If you’re aspiring to the highest office in state… how can you actively try to prevent citizens from your state from exercising their most basic right?”
Obama proceeds by saying, “They’re trying to disenfranchise you and take away the right to vote. Stacey’s opponent has already been caught multiple times.” Boos echoed as a response from the crowd. “Don’t boo. Vote. They don’t care about your boos. They care about you vote.” Obama said.
Towards the end of nearly an hour-long speech, Obama called this election the “most important election of our lifetime”, and continues with, “And that’s saying something because some of those elections were mine.”
If you have not voted, it is not too late. Early voting may be over, but the citizens of Georgia still have the chance to cast their ballot this Tuesday, November 6.
In the famous words of Malcom X, “It’s either the ballot or the bullet.” Choose the ballot and go VOTE.
Watch the full event below.