The power of one

The Dallas Examiner | 11/13/2016, 10:06 p.m.
A humanitarian once said, “I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do ...
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The Dallas Examiner

A humanitarian once said, “I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do.” Everyone age 18 or older can vote, and each vote matters.

Had it not been for one man, Thurgood Marshall, the doors to some of the finest institutions in America would be still barred to Black children. Had it not been for one man, Martin Luther King Jr., Blacks would not be able to vote today. These individuals joined their forces with countless others so that we could enjoy the liberties we share today. But what if these individuals refused to take their place in the annals of American history? What if they said, “I am only one person. What can I do?”

One person can make a powerful difference. One vote can mean the difference in a run-off or a sure win.

Throughout the years, The Dallas Examiner has dedicated itself toward the empowerment of African Americans. This is especially true in terms of one of the most basic rights and responsibilities facing every American – voting.

This year has been no exception. The Dallas Examiner has hosted Monday Night Politics – Meet the Candidates forums that provided an opportunity for the community to meet candidates for election in national, state and local offices. Sponsors for the forums include: NAACP Dallas Chapter, Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Metropolitan Dallas Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Dallas Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Inc., Dallas Association of Realtists, Dallas Pan-Hellenic Council, Theta Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc., Omicron Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, Greater Dallas League of Young Professionals, The North Texas Cluster of The Links Inc., KHVN, The Commish Radio Show and the African American Museum.

The Dallas Examiner does not endorse candidates. We strive to educate our community about the candidates so they can be educated voters. In addition to Monday Night Politics, our reporters have interviewed and written numerous articles about candidates for office to familiarize our readers with their platforms.

Furthermore, The Dallas Examiner maintains The Voter Roll Call found on the top right hand corner of http://www.dallasexaminer.com. The program gives the voting record of all registered voters in Dallas County for past elections. It will tell the public who went to the polls during the last elections and who “went fishing.” The purpose of the program is to find out who’s missing in action and encourage them to vote.

If history has taught us nothing else, it has taught us this: Things will not get better for African Americans as a people unless each of us does something to make it better. We are responsible for the world we live in. This is why we encourage everyone to become informed, to get involved and to vote.

This year, Election Day is Nov. 8. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Early voting began last week and will continue through Friday. Polling times vary during early voting.

If you have already voted, we congratulate you for exercising one of your most valuable rights. If you haven’t voted, we encourage you to do so by Friday evening or on Election Day. Don’t forget to bring your ID or one of the other forms required for identification. If you have any questions about voting or troubles at the polls, call the Texas Secretary of State’s office at 214-819-6300 or 800-252-8683 or visit http://www.dallascountyvotes.org.

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