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Rapper Common To Headline Jacksonville 'Party At The Polls' Saturday

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Marcio Jose Sanchez
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Rapper and actor Common, center front, raises his fist during a youth-led demonstration calling for an end to racial injustice and accountability for police Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Los Angeles.

Rapper Common will be the star attraction at a Jacksonville “Vote To Live: Party at the Polls” rally Saturday.

According to The Collective Education Fund organizers, it’s one of several events aimed at encouraging  Black voters in Jacksonville and in other key cities to cast their ballots early. The events will feature live music and guest appearances by professional athletes and entertainers. 

The Jacksonville event is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Lonnie C. Miller Sr. Regional Park, 7689 Price Lane on the Northwest side of town. Organizers said the event will include proper social distancing protocols.

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Other cities that will be holding similar rallies are Cleveland, Ohio; Atlanta; Greenville, S.C.; Philadelphia; Milwaukee; Raleigh, N.C.; Detroit; and Houston. 

As part of the events, D-Nice, who’s performed at the Grammy Awards,and at the White House for former President Barack Obama, will host a live stream from noon to 3 p.m., where he will appear virtually in the cities.

Here's more information about the Jacksonville “Vote To Live” Party at the Polls."

The Collective PAC "is working to fix the challenge of under-representation of the Black community in elected seats of power throughout our nation. To reach political equity – a place where African American elected officials represent the community’s population statistically – Black people should hold at least 13% of all elected offices in the U.S.," according to its website.

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at bbortzfield@wjct.org or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.