We Must Vote To Move Forward

The Savannah Tribune has a proud and glorious heritage. Our history dates back to 1875, when three African-American civic and business leaders recognized the need for a newspaper dedicated to serving the African-American community. We have always been in the forefront of positive efforts to move our people in a direction that benefits us, as well as the overall community. Therefore, urging our readers to vote is part of our efforts to fulfill our mission.

African Americans are approximately 54% of Savannah’s total population. Obviously, the fact that so many African Americans will not vote, or understand the importance of voting, is a source of grave concern and frustration to us at The Tribune. By voting, each of us gives instructions to those who seek to represent us and make the policies about issues that affect our everyday lives – wages, jobs, housing, childcare, educational opportunities, public safety, health, transportation, our environment. Our vote is the paycheck we issue to our representatives – Mayor and City Councilmen, County Commissioners, Governor and State Legislators, President and Congressmen. We are their employers, and we must vote to remind our representatives of who we are and that we expect them to execute policies and procedures that address the personal issues we face and make a positive difference in our lives. Voting also allows us to continue to honor the sacrifices and struggles encountered by our ancestors, and the many soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement who made it possible for all of us to cast a ballot and let our voices be heard.


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