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Civic Engagement

We support efforts to help people develop the knowledge and skills to participate in a democratic society.

Fact 1

Tennessee places additional obstacles on other voting-aged residents that impact registration and turnout, especially individuals convicted of felonies.

Fact 2

Tennessee has one of the most draconian laws in the country stripping voting rights from people convicted of felonies. More than 450,000 citizens in the state, disproportionately Black and Latino, are affected.

Fact 3

There were fewer voting places in 2020 than in 2016, and there were greater closures in counties with more Black Tennesseans than there
were in counties with more white Tennesseans.

Fact 4

African Americans make up 17% of the population. But Black state office holders only make up 9% of the seats in the Senate and 15% in the House of Representatives.

Strengthening Democracy

We support efforts to help people develop the knowledge and skills to participate in a democratic society. Our civic engagement portfolio is focused on promoting the growth of healthy communities, global economic vitality, social justice, and the common good.

Learn more about the African American Clergy Collective of Tennessee (ACCT), an alliance of clergy members from Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jackson, and other cities in Tennessee focused on community organizing, collaboration, and education. The group offers training and guidance as members learn about growing a social justice ministry in their communities.

UpTheVote partners with BCCM to equip Memphians with the knowledge and skills they need to contribute as active and informed members of a democratic society.

Rev. Dr. Earle FisherCivic Engagement Chair

Join Us

The Black Clergy Collaborative of Memphis (BCCM) comprises members who work together to address systemic issues affecting Black communities in the United States. To become a member of the Black Clergy Collaborative, please fill out the form below. A member of our team will contact you within seven business days to discuss your committee interests and answer any questions you may have.