In his op-ed for earlier this year entitled, “The Power of the Right to Vote,” actor Hill Harper said that recognizing the right to cast a ballot is understanding how to get the African-American community’s voice heard. He shared this powerful sentiment:

Hill Harper

“A lot has already happened to catalyze the acceleration of the movement: hearing the President of the United States say that we are not cured of racism; realizing that a total breakdown of local government led to the poisoning of a city with a Black population of over 56 percent; having no words for the child who asks about the police shooting of yet another unarmed child and coming to terms with what mass incarceration is doing to Black families and communities.

Read more of Hill Harper’s thoughts on voting rights in the Oct. – Nov. edition of EBONY. Download the App for your iPhone or your Android OS.

Through all of these events, we must keep up the momentum of the movement and to do so, we need to understand the significant roles that our voices play in achieving progress. In other words, we must comprehend the power that lies in exercising our fundamental right to vote.”

For many states, today is the last day to register to vote. There’s no excuse – for many states, you can register online. For a list of today’s deadlines, visit