1,487 Souls to the Polls Today in St. Pete

The women of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority with Corey Givens, Jr. at Souls to the Polls St. Pete 2018

Despite overcast skies and intermittent rain drops, energies ran high at St. Pete’s Souls to the Polls celebration, held Sunday afternoon at Demens Landing park.

The rally helped produce the biggest single day vote count so far from the City’s majority-black precincts; 1,487 new ballots came in between 5 pm Saturday through the 7 pm poll closing on Sunday, bringing the community total to 13,385 votes cast.

The event was spearheaded by the Pinellas County Urban League and co-sponsored by eight churches, along with six chapters of the “Divine 9” black fraternities and sororities, the Panhellenic Council and a dozen civic leaders (see full list at end of this post).

Roughly 200 likely voters and community leaders came out to support the gathering, while churches promoted voting before and after services this morning.

“Today was about ‘unity’ and keeping the banner lifted that this must be an historic vote,” says Watson Haynes, CEO of the Pinellas County Urban League. “We have urgent issues on the ballot, including the moral imperative to pass Amendment 4.”

As a new feature to the perennial occasion, lead organizer Nikki Gaskin-Capehart asked fraternities and sororities to treat attendees to a mini-step stroll (pictured left, with ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha in center pic, and the women of National Council of Negro Women at right).

 Co-Sponsors of Souls to the Polls 2018 in St. Pete

  • 20th Street Church of Christ
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority – Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Theta Lamba Educational Foundation, Inc.
  • Anthony Marx
  • Ashley Mitchell
  • Canaan McCaslin
  • Career Services
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority – SPAC Chapter
  • Demetrius Taylor
  • Dream Defenders
  • Donna Banks
  • Fired Up Pinellas
  • Greater Praise from Mt Zion Primitive Baptist
  • Islamic Society of St. Petersburg
  • Jabaar Edmond
  • Jack and Jill of America Suncoast
  • Jane Thomas
  • Janet Jones
  • Jennifer Griffin
  • Joyce Woodson
  • Joshua Johnson
  • Kareen Belnavis
  • Karen Bacchus
  • Karen Berman
  • Lakewood UCC
  • Loretta Caldwell-Thompson
  • Michael Boykins
  • Midtown Rotary Club
  • Mt Zion Progressive MB Church
  • Mt Zion Primitive Baptist
  • National Council of Negro Women St. Petersburg Metropolitan Section
  • New Florida Majority
  • New Hope MB Church
  • New National Rising
  • Nikki Gaskin-Capehart
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity – Eta Rho Chapter
  • Pan Hellenic Council
  • Paola B. Dees
  • Pinellas County Urban League Guild
  • Pinellas County Urban League Staff
  • Pinellas County Urban League Young Professionals
  • Richard Damashek
  • Richard Pierce
  • SEIU
  • St. Petersburg NAACP
  • St. Petersburg Alumni Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi
  • Theresa Jones
  • The Lords House Church, Inc.
  • Thomas Roberts
  • United Community Church
  • Woke Vote
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.



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