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The Local Take: Urban League Talks 2020 Census, Voting in a Pandemic

Saturday morning at 8am on WCLK's The Local Take I talked with Nancy Flake Johnson, CEO at the Urban League of Greater Atlanta.  She joined us to speak about the 2020 Census, voting and support for businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Johnson explains that Census Day was April 1st and while that's the official kickoff, we all need to make sure we are counted in the 2020 Census.  The Census is mandated by the Constitution to take place every 10 years. This is a count of all individuals living in the country whether you are a citizen or not.  She speaks to the importance of counting everyone and shares that in the 2010 Census, DeKalb County received input from fewer than 75% of the overall population.  This resulted in a significant loss of funding for the people who live in that county.  The current official deadline for the 2020 Census is July 31, 2020. 

I ask about the Urban League and how they are handling the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Johnson explains that they are turning the virus shut-down into a positive.  They are hosting virtual classes on Homebuying, Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship on an on-going basis.  They are also working with small business owners on obtaining federal grants. 

She also encourages us to make sure we vote and play close attention to the dates that have already changed from May 19th to June 9th. 

For more information on the 2020 Census

For more information on voting and to request an absentee ballot

For more information on the Urban League of Greater Atlanta