The stakes for the Baltimore Region’s Black community are always high, and were even more during the 2020 US Presidential Election and COVID-19 public health pandemic.

The nation was hit hard with the dual crises of a major health pandemic and America making wrong turns on issues our people care about like health, social justice, and economic opportunities. Many of our neighborhoods suffered from some of the most negative aspects associated with the pandemic and bad political decisions.

Layoffs, furloughs, shutdowns and more impacted our areas. Our communities voiced their displeasure and demands, which they wanted to make clear on Election Day. They also were becoming increasingly concerned about the spread of COVID-19 and how the Black community was being disproportionately impacted.

With the NAN Greater Baltimore Chapter believing that our mission is to deliver on the “action” related expectations of our national organization, we were determined to take on these two big issues.

Our direct actions were to identify some of the highest need areas where residents could be: 1) strongly encouraged to register to vote and participate in the November 3rd General Election; and 2) pick up reusable/washable face masks as part of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) campaign for community residents to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Our Branch partnered with other leading nonprofit organizations on this outreach initiative that benefited Baltimoreans throughout the City. The groups that joined in this important campaign included: A. Philip Randolph Institute, American Federation of Teachers-Maryland, Baltimore City Board of Elections, Northeast Maglev (which donated the face masks), and Women on the Move.

We signed up hundreds of voters, distributed election information, and connected nearly 2,000 community residents with masks. Our face mask outreach commitments are continuing in 2021.

Below are some photographs from our events.

BELOW ARE SOME PHOTOGRAPHS DURING OUR EVENTS IN OCTOBER 2020 LEADING up to the ELECTION: Mondawmin Mall, Harford Road & North Ave., Westside Shopping, Eutaw & Saratoga Streets, Halloween Trunk or Treat Celebration at the Arena Players with partners: AFT-Maryland, A. Philip Randolph Institute, Northeast Maglev and Women on the Move.

Awarding winning Larry Young of the LYMS host HBCU 2019 at the Masonic Temple Baltimore, MD

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