Vote or Die prone to go on without Diddy

Citizen Change, an organization founded by Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, who proclaims the message “Vote or Die, the Southern University Student Government Association and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. will host a voter awareness event Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 1-3 p.m. in the F.G. Clark Activity Center at Southern University.

The event is open to all college students in the state of Louisiana.

“Because it’s statewide 5,000-8,500 people are expected to show up for this event,” said KaRhonda “Kay” Scriven, an SU student and coordinator for the event.

According to a press release from the SGA office, local musical act US3, Senator Mary Landrieu and a host of other community leaders and artists will be in attendance to support this program. The Black Caucus, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and Black Youth Vote (Unity ’04) are also participants in the event.

P. Diddy was originally expected to be present.

“P. Diddy’s appearance is tentative, we are going to have a voter education rally whether he shows up or not,” Scriven said. The individuals who are scheduled at the event are Senator Mary Landrieu, Senator Melvin “Kip” Holden, Senator Cleo Fields, Oliver Thomas and State Representative Sharon Weston-Broome.

Scriven stated that many volunteers helped with creating this project.

“I have a host of volunteers helping me and they are truly wonderful,” she said. “These are regular students who are interested in the voting process.”

Simmie Johnson Jr. a junior majoring in business management from Bastrop is one of the volunteers.

“I think it’s good to get the word out by using renowned African Americans,” he said.

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