Breonna Taylor lawyer, Lonita Baker, on why Black women must vote

EXCLUSIVE: OWN has partnered with NowThis for the get-out-the-vote campaign OWN Your Vote

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With the presidential election just weeks away, it’s more important than ever that our communities come together and get to the ballots. OWN is helping spread that message with a multitude of programming and partnerships. 

The network recently partnered with NowThis for the get-out-the-vote campaign, OWN Your Vote, in an effort to provide tools and resources that will empower Black women to vote this November.

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Check out their exclusive interview with Breonna Taylor’s lawyer, Lonita Baker, as she discusses the importance of voting and how it relates to issues around Taylor’s case:

OWN Your Vote is designed to help Black women make a voting plan for this critical 2020 election cycle by recognizing obstacles to voting, including challenges around COVID-19, mail-in ballots, voter suppression, transportation and changing protocols and poll locations.

The campaign is also focused on connecting the everyday issues critical to Black women to the issues appearing on the ballot; empowering this key voting block to own their voting story and making a plan to ensure success at the polls; encouraging local community activism and leveraging personal networks; and collaborating with the voting rights partnership community to support mail-in voting, voter registration, volunteerism, transportation, and safety procedures.  

The network has also continued to roll out important programming like Spotlight: Black Women OWN the Conversation- Vote! 

In the special that debuted this week on OWN, Emmy-award winning ABC News host Adrienne Bankert talks with special guests and real women covering topics related to the election, including having a plan for voting, key issues to the Black community, voting down-ballot, inspiring friends and family to vote, the social justice movements of 2020, youth and voting, and self-care.  

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Special guests included award-winning actress, writer and comedian Yvette Nicole Brown; activist, author and educator Brittany Packnett Cunningham; senior advisor to President Obama Valerie Jarrett; entrepreneur and designer Tina Knowles Lawson; and activist and WNBA Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike.

This special is a part of the network’s eye-opening, topic-driven series OWN Spotlight: Black Women OWN the Conversation, which premiered last fall. The series features intimate conversations about important issues with honest opinions and surprising solutions that put people first.

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