Mobilize NOW for a Future Where Black Lives Matter

In this election and census year, we share resources for continuing the long history of Black protest and organizing to build a future where Black Lives Matter. Voting and taking the census are just two actions you can do in the greater struggle for social justice. We will continue to update this page.

ACTIONS

One basic thing Black Studies departments, organizations, museums and those with web presences can do is add links to voting registration and the census on your website.

How to add links to your website

Adding links to your website is easy! Below are instructions to do yourself or ask a web editor/IT person to add to your website.

A variety of options are provided include adding a page with live links, hyperlinked buttons, menu/menu tabs, graphics with links, or a pop up window/running header.

 

Choose an option below:
Add Links Yourself

1. Add a page with the live links

On your website, create a new page or post dedicated to this campaign.

You can title it “Mobilize NOW for a Future Where Black Lives Matter” or whatever you prefer.

Include a paragraph of why this is important that speaks to your audience.

Example:

In this election and census year, we share resources for continuing the long history of Black protest and organizing to build a future where Black Lives Matter. Voting and taking the census are just two actions you can do in the greater struggle for social justice.

 


 

2. Add a button with links

Choose a location to place the button: the header, footer, or sidebar are the most common locations for a button.

You can use one of the buttons below, or if you have a graphic design person, you could also create a custom graphic with your logo.

To use these buttons, right-click on each image and choose SAVE-AS. Save these to your desktop or in a file you can easily access.

Upload the image to your web page or post. Choose to hyperlink the image. In your editing window, you might see a chain link icon or two paperclicks linked icon. Click this and paste the appropriate URL address.

Buttons:

 

 

 


 

3. Add a menu tab with links

Depending on your website platform, you can either add a menu tab or a secondary menu that links directly to register to vote at https://vote.gov/ and a tab that links directly to take the census at https://2020census.gov. You can use → or an arrow icon of your choice to get a similar look:
▶ REGISTER to VOTE
▶ BE COUNTED in 2020 CENSUS

Example:

This look created by adding a new menu tab. Actual appearance and location on your site will vary.

 

This look created by adding a secondary menu. Actual appearance and location on your site will vary.

 

They can view the menu at the Colored Conventions Project website to see an example: https://coloredconventions.org/.


 

4. Add a graphic with links

Add a banner graphic that links directly to register to vote at https://www.usa.gov/voter-registration and a tab that links directly to take the census at https://2020census.gov. If you have a graphic design person, you could also create a custom graphic with your logo.

 

 

 

 

Source: United States Census 2020: Outreach Materials


 

5. Add a pop up window or running banner across the top of your website
Pop-up windows and running banners are usually easiest to create using a plugin or module. At the Colored Conventions Project website, we use the free version of a WordPress plugin called PopUp by Supsystic. There are a variety of free options and you can customize colors and fonts. If you prefer a running banner, that option is available if you upgrade to their paid Pro option.

Example:

This example shows the pop-up window we have the Colored Conventions Project website. It was created with free version of PopUp by Supsystic using the Smart Common Type template.


 

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Ask Web Editor/IT Person

1. Add a page with the live links

Let your web editor or IT person know you want to add a page that lists links to register to vote and to take the census.

Include a paragraph of why this is important that speaks to your audience.

Example:

In this election and census year, we share resources for continuing the long history of Black protest and organizing to build a future where Black Lives Matter. Voting and taking the census are just two actions you can do in the greater struggle for social justice.

 


2. Add a button with links

Let your web editor or IT person know you want to add a button that links directly to register to vote in your state and a tab that links directly to take the census.

Choose a location to place the button: the header, footer, or sidebar are the most common locations for a button.

You can use one of the buttons below, or if you have a graphic design person, you could also create a custom graphic with your logo.

Buttons:

 

 

 


3. Add a menu tab with links

Let your web editor or IT person know you want to add a menu tab that links directly to register to vote at https://vote.gov/ and a tab that links directly to take the census at https://2020census.gov. Ask you web editor/IT person to use → or an arrow icon of your choice to get a similar look:
▶ REGISTER to VOTE
▶ BE COUNTED in 2020 CENSUS

Example:

This look created by adding a new menu tab. Actual appearance and location on your site will vary.

 

This look created by adding a secondary menu. Actual appearance and location on your site will vary.

They can view the menu at the Colored Conventions Project website to see an example: https://coloredconventions.org/.

 


 

4. Add a graphic with links

Let your web editor or IT person know you want to add a graphic that links directly to register to vote at https://www.usa.gov/voter-registration and a tab that links directly to take the census at https://2020census.gov. If you have a graphic design person, you could also create a custom graphic with your logo.

 

 

 

 

Source: United States Census 2020: Outreach Materials

 


 

5. Add a pop up window or running banner across the top of your website
Let your web editor or IT person know you want to add pop up window or running banner that links directly to register to vote at https://vote.gov/ and links directly to take the census at https://2020census.gov. Pop-up windows and running banners are usually easiest to create using a plugin or module. At the Colored Conventions Project website, we use the free version of a WordPress plugin called PopUp by Supsystic. There are a variety of free options and you can customize colors and fonts. If you prefer a running banner, that option is available if you upgrade to their paid Pro option.

Example:

This example shows the pop-up window we have the Colored Conventions Project website. It was created with free version of PopUp by Supsystic using the Smart Common Type template.

 


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EVENTS

In the midst of nationwide protests and pain, on Monday, June 1, 2020, the Colored Conventions Project, the Commonwealth Monument Project, and Penn State’s Center for Black Digital Research (#DigBlk) presented #CovidWhileBlack PA: A Digital Roundtable. This roundtable brought Black organizations together from swing state PA for a round table on the global issues Black rights, Black institution building and the vote.

Watch on Periscope: https://www.pscp.tv/w/1lPKqVMMqmlGb

Featured participants includes:

Dr. Curtis Small, University of Delaware
Corin Wilson, Mural Arts Philadelphia
Momo St. Claire, Poet
Raycell Diaz Hernandez, Poet
Amanda Kemp, Poet
Jordan Lewis, Poet
Ivan Henderson,  African American Museum in Philadelphia
Tayyib Smith, Little Giant Creative/ Pipeline Philly
tonya thames-taylor, West Chester University
Shakira King, Activist and Educator

Leroy Hopkins, African American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania
Tony Collins, 1619 Project Lancaster
Kelly Summerford, William C. Goodridge Freedom Center and Underground Raillroad Museum
Sharia Benn, Sankofa African American Theatre Company
Harriett Gaston,  Penn State Altoona Blair County African American Heritage Project
Sam Black, Heinz History Center

Conveners: 

Center for Black Digital Research, #DigBlk
Colored Conventions Project
Commonwealth Monument Project, an initiative of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities

Roundtable Event and Website Team:

Lenwood Sloan, Commonwealth Monument Project
Gabrielle Foreman, Colored Conventions Project/Center for Black Digital Research #DigBlk
Shirley Moody-Turner, Center for Black Digital Research #DigBlk
Denise Burgher, Colored Conventions Project
Kevin C. Winstead, Colored Conventions Project
Clay Colmon, Colored Conventions Project
datejie cheko green, Colored Conventions Project
Jim Casey, Colored Conventions Project
Lauren Cooper, Colored Conventions Project
Sabrina Evans, Engl 567 / Center for Black Digital Research

Courtney Murray, Engl 567 / Center for Black Digital Research
Gabriel Pudilo, Engl 567 / Penn State University
Ashley Smalls, Engl 567 / Penn State University
Kevin Connaway, Office of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship / Penn State University
Jennifer Isasi, Office of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship / Penn State University
Marc Kepler, Office of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship / Penn State University
Emilee Spokus, Office of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship / Penn State University

Special thank you for their support of this event:

Dean Clarence Lang and the College of Liberal Arts, Penn State University Libraries, the Office of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship, and the Foundation for Enhancing Communities

 

The Colored Conventions Project appreciates the support of:

The Colored Conventions Project was launched & cultivated at the University of Delaware from 2012-2020.