The organization, called “More than a Vote”, will partner with other voting organizations and work to help African-Americans register to vote and vote in November.
“Because of everything going on, people are finally starting to listen to us – we feel like we are finally getting our foot in the door,” James told The Times in a telephone interview. “How long belongs to us. We do not know. But we feel like we are getting ears and attention, and now is the time for us to finally make a difference. ”
“We want you to go out and vote, but we will also give you the tutorial,” he added. “We’ll explain how to vote and what they’re trying to do, on the other hand, to keep you from voting. ”
Athletes Trae Young, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Jalen Rose have joined to help the organization, the newspaper reported.
Kyle Lierman, CEO of the not-for-profit organization When We All Vote, shared James’ announcement on Twitter.
Fair Fight, an organization launched by Georgian Democrat Stacey Abrams who advocates for fair elections, also tweeted about James’ announcement.
In Georgia, the heavily African-American counties of Atlanta and the surrounding areas faced voting problems on Tuesday, according to activists and community leaders.
Hundreds of people stood in line for hours, often after the scheduled closing hours of the polls, and several locations had problems with machines that were not working and insufficient ballots.
“There’s always something sneaky going on,” Bobby Fuse, a longtime Democrat activist from Americus, Georgia, told CNN. “This time they had a whole lot of sneaky stuff. “