Black Votes Matter: Why more people need to...

Posted at 5:54 PM, Feb 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-29 19:05:03-05

You might have noticed an increasing number of campaign signs in the Omaha area, the words “Black Votes Matter” printed in black and white.  It’s an initiative started by UNO professor and North Omaha advocate Preston Love Jr. 

Preston Love Jr. says he can’t remember the last time a presidential candidate came to North Omaha. 

Love says candidates don’t come to North Omaha and that needs to change.  He's hoping Chelsea Clinton’s stop at Big Mama’s Kitchen Tuesday morning will start a new campaign trend.

Love says in the 2012 presidential election 68 percent of Douglas County residents voted, that's compared to just 55 percent of North Omaha residents.  He says the gap needs to close. 

Love says it shouldn’t take a historic or emotionally charged election to get people to the polls.  He believes whoever is in office can severely help or hurt the North Omaha Community.  He appreciates the Clinton campaign making a stop in North Omaha and wants to see it more.

“I demand that they come into my community.  They need to hear the troubles and challenges in our community,” said Preston Love Jr.

Chelsea Clinton will be at Big Mama's Kitchen near 45th and Spencer Streets Tuesday at 10:05.  The event is open to the public.