Black Girls Vote Getting Young People To The Polls

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Nykidra "Nyki" Robinson of Baltimore, left, high fives Tiffany Simpson of Belcamp, after Robinson explained her new group, "Black Girls Vote." (Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun)

Nykidra “Nyki” Robinson of Baltimore, left, high fives Tiffany Simpson of Belcamp, after Robinson explained her new group, “Black Girls Vote.” (Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun)

Black Girls Vote was founded by Nykidra “Nyki” Robinson after a man was shot and killed over the summer in Hanlon Park, not far from her home. Registering people to vote — especially young African-American women — is part of the 33-year-old’s plans to help change her Northwest Baltimore neighborhood and others. According to the Baltimore Sun, she wants to use the nonprofit to improve public schools, the job market and access to health care.

“It’s a new year. It’s time for new things. We can’t sit back and make excuses,” Robinson said. “Our vote is our voice. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a GED, or if you have a PhD, we’re all the same.”

The nonpartisan group is planning “pop up events,” like the one Friday, at hair salons, nail parlors, restaurants and big box stores.

The group is made up of about 15 core members, all but one of them women. Robinson said. Their hope is that registering a voter will be the start of a relationship. They plan to stay in touch with the people they sign up, and find creative ways to remove barriers that could prevent them from going to the polls for the April primary or November election.

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