2019 Authors/Essays

Deisy Cisneros Aranda
Poll Location: Painesville, Ohio

Monica B. Villa
Poll Location: Annville, Pennsylvania

Voting can be a bit intimidating if one does not have the appropriate guidance, especially for first-time voters. My name is Monica B. Villa; I am a current intern at The Urban League of Philadelphia and a first-time voter.

Nina Michelle Sims
Poll Location: Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Melanie L. Campbell
President & CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation; Convener, Black Women's Roundtable


Mayor LaToya Cantrell
City of New Orleans

Today, Black America finds itself at a crossroads—a place as familiar as it is contradictory.  

Janet Murguía
President & CEO, UnidosUS

Today, perhaps no single issue is more important to African-Americans, Latinos, and other communities of color than protecting the right to vote for all Americans.

Kristen Clarke
President & Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

If we, the people, face a national emergency, it is widespread voter suppression and systematic disenfranchisement.

Dr. Silas Lee
Professor of Sociology, Xavier University of Louisiana; President, Dr. Silas Lee & Associates

Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay
Chairman, House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development & Insurance; Missouri - 1stCongressional District

Antonesia “Toni” Wiley
Director of Advocacy, National Urban League

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi
Speaker, House of Representatives; California—12th Congressional District

Congresswoman Karen Bass
Chairwoman, Congressional Black Caucus; California – 37th Congressional District