Community Activists Speak To The Importance of Voting

Oct 30, 2020

Voting is the cornerstone of a democracy, and with this year's election being what some call "the most unprecedented election ever," the importance of casting that vote is on many minds, nation-wide.

To gain a local perspective on that topic as well as a look at some of the most pressing issues at hand, WBOI's Julia Meek invited two community leaders into the studio, expressly chosen for their community connections and dedication to this cause.

Delois "Dee" McKinley, currently an educator and case worker for Fort Wayne Community Schools embarked on her own mission back in her hometown of Bessemer, Alabama in the early 1960's.

By March of 1963 she joined the ranks of students who were participating in demonstrations for Civil Rights in neighboring Alabama cities, following the examples of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lewis and other leaders of that day, which led her to continue that work when she came to Fort Wayne in 1969.

Reverend Angelo Mante has devoted his life to affecting change through relationships and education, embracing the Kingian philosophy of nonviolent demonstration.

He is the pastor of Peace and Justice at Faith United Methodist Church in the city's southeast quadrant, and is also the founder and executive director of Alive Community Outreach. Along with its mission to cultivate a community of nonviolence, the organization offers direct support to co-victims of homicide and community education in Kingian nonviolence.