Bow Wow to Walk Streets of Hartford Engaging Voters

Posted on Tuesday, October 14 2008 by Heather Brandon

Bow WowThe following press release from Hartford City Councilman Matt Ritter‘s office announces an upcoming walk across the city tomorrow, Wednesday, October 15, in an effort to encourage young voters to register. The walk will start at the Artists Collective at 3:00 pm followed by a panel discussion downtown.

MTV has an October 13 article about the 15-city campaign, Bow Wow Walk Across America, as well as video capturing a slice of this blend of fame and political activism. Late last month, 21-year-old Bow Wow was interviewed on CNN about the effort; the video is below.

National Effort Seeks to Engage Young Voters

Since earlier this year, rap artist and actor Bow Wow has walked the streets of cities all over the country to encourage young Americans to register and vote.

On Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Councilman Matthew D. Ritter will join Bow Wow, Congressman John B. Larson, Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts, elected officials and community leaders to kick off Hartford’s Walk Across America.

The walk will begin at 3:00 pm at the Artists Collective, 1200 Albany Avenue, and end at 960 Main Street, where Bow Wow will join a panel discussion on the importance of voting.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join Bow Wow for the Hartford walk,” Ritter said. “This is not only a historic election, but one that has energized scores of young people. It’s important to keep the excitement going.”

Bow Wow, the youngest solo rapper to ever hit number one, is walking across 15 cities in two weeks.

Hartford is the last city on the tour, which has included Atlanta, Philadelphia, Baltimore and New York, among others. Walk Across America is sponsored by Declare Yourself, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to motivating young people to become civically engaged.

The Hartford Walk Across America is being sponsored by Declare Yourself, Hot 93.7 and the Hartford Police Department.

2 Responses to “Bow Wow to Walk Streets of Hartford Engaging Voters”

  1. Kerri

    Some of my students were very wound up about this yesterday. Apparently, young girls at the Cap. Prep Magnet School were nearly swooning. I didn’t witness this, but I’m imagining a Beatles Invasion screeching pre-teen situation. I’m not a Bow Wow fan, but I kind of wish I was around on Wednesday to see this.

  2. Heather Brandon

    Maybe swooning will get some people to vote! Who knows. Seems like an admirable effort on Bow Wow’s part.

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