TSU students march to show ‘HBCU Votes Matter’
HOUSTON — Several Texas Southern University students marched to the polls Election Day morning to exercise the rights many of their ancestors died for.
The students wore shirts that said “HBCU Votes Matter” as they marched down Southmore Street to the St. James Episcopal Church. Student Government Association President Justin Lee said their quest was simple: to ensure African-American college students’ voices were heard at the ballot box.
“I feel like the march was very beneficial. SGA made a collective effort to bring awareness of Election Day to our campus because many people fought for African-Americans to vote,” Lee said.
SGA organized the march to the polls in order to fulfill its mission of encouraging students to get involved in this year’s election.
Junior Janae Malveaux left the polls feeling accomplished.
“I had a very heartwarming experience marching to the voting precinct with other TSU students. It felt empowering to be a part of something so important,” Malveaux said. “It’s important to vote in order to get your voice heard, for others to understand your motive to help America and its people become a better whole.”
The university supplied the young voters with information and bus transportation to their assigned polling sites following the march to St. James Episcopal Church.
TSU students urged everyone to get out and vote.