Miami’s two oldest black greek-letter organizations are joining forces to register hundreds of voters in time for the November general election. Their target: local beauty and barber shops.
The ladies of Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the men of Beta Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity have teamed to conduct a “Phirst Phamily” voter registration blitz. They will target dozens of shops throughout the county beginning 11 a.m. Saturday, September 22, 2012. The groups also will hold voter registration and other services at Walgreens, 6200 NW 7th Avenue in Miami.
The name of the blitz is derived from the historical status of the two organizations – Alpha Phi Alpha, founded in 1906, is the oldest Greek-letter organization; Alpha Kappa Alpha, founded in 1908, is the oldest sorority of its kind. Beta Beta Lambda Chapter entered the Miami area in 1937, while Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter was chartered in 1940.
Members of both organizations will visit various barbershops and beauty salons throughout Miami-Dade County to reach eligible individuals who need to register to vote. Members will also register voters at Walgreens. At that location, representatives from the Miami-Dade Public Defenders Office will provide information to individuals who are interested in learning how to restore their rights.
If you own a barbershop or beauty salon and want to add your shop to the list of businesses a voter registration team will visit, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (786) 314-1106.