Yesterday, Biden for President Wisconsin hosted a Divine Nine “Weekend of Excellence” event with Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, State Representative Shelia Stubbs, State Representative LaKeshia Myers, DJ LoLo, and other Wisconsin leaders. At the organizing event, Wisconsin members of Divine Nine historically Black sororities and fraternities discussed how they will mobilize members across the state, register Black voters in their communities, and ensure voters know all their options for casting their ballots early.
Divine Nine sororities and fraternities have long served as pillars in communities across the country. In Milwaukee, Divine Nine members will play a critical role in electing Vice President Biden and Senator Kamala Harris, who is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Wisconsin members of Divine Nine sororities and fraternities will continue to build the momentum this weekend as they host a voter registration phone bank this Saturday, September 19 at 1:00PM CT. Wisconsinites can register for the phone bank here.
“We know that with a Biden-Harris administration we have a real opportunity to overcome some of the past failures and past losses so that we can have a better nation…We’ve experienced first hand the recklessness and the incompetence of the current administration, especially with regard to the pandemic…We know that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris understand the urgency of this moment and the need to pursue a just and equitable recovery where we are better than when we went into the pandemic…It is important more than ever that we come together for the task of saving the United States of America. If anybody can get it done, we can get it done,” said Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, who is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
“It’s important for all of us to come together…You know, we just lost John Lewis who told us specifically to make sure we got into good trouble, and this is some good trouble that we can get into…We need a team that is equitable, that embraces diversity and inclusion, and I think you only get that with one team, and that’s team Joe and team Kamala…When you look at the plan that they have put forward, you see equity as a centerpiece of their plan. They want us to be a unified country. They understand what it means to have people from all different walks of life working together to make sure that this country is back on track. We need a team that is going to do better,” said State Representative LaKeshia Myers, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
“We need to make it known that if you are in political power, we are going to hold you accountable…Our communities deserve active, engaging leadership that promises positive change in order to make that a reality. We need to get out to vote in our community…We need all hands on deck if we want our community to be taken seriously by those in power,” said State Representative Shelia Stubbs, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
The event was moderated by Jasmine Johnson, Diversity Programs Director at the Manpower Group and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and Dr. R. Kweku Smith of Blaquesmith Psychological Services, and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Lauren “DJ LoLo” Feaster, a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, kicked off the event with a live set.
CBS58: Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes and Wisconsin leaders to host Divine Nine “Weekend of Excellence” event
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — Biden for President Wisconsin will host a Divine Nine “Weekend of Excellence” event with Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes and other Wisconsin leaders Sunday, Sept. 13.
The event will also include State Representatives Shelia Stubbs and LaKeshia Myers, as well as DJ LoLo and more.
According to a news release, Wisconsin members of Divine Nine historically Black sororities and fraternities will discuss how to mobilize members across the state to work to register Black voters in their communities and ensure voters know all their options for casting their ballots early.