DBFF to spark a conversation on Protecting Voting Rights at #DBFF22
Saturday, February 5th at 2:00pm CST
Join us for a panel conversation with politicians and voting rights advocates to inform and inspire us to use the power of our votes to be the change we want to see in our communities and country. This is a very timely event considering the laws being enacted across the country to limit and disrupt access to a free and fair voting system. There will be an opportunity for audience interaction with questions and comments.
Rhonda Bellamy Hodge– Social Justice Coordinator- Denton Black Film Festival
Abdul Dosunmu, Founder & Chief Strategist Young Black Lawyer’s Organizing Coalition (YBLOC), Obama Administration Alum
Oluremi Sano, Founder/Executive Director- Fihankra Global Education
Watch Free Panel at #DBFF22
Oluremi Sano is a lifelong humanitarian who has spent over 27 years as an independent business owner, dance studio owner, and professional dance instructor. Since retiring from dance in 2017, Ms. Sano created a new enterprise, as an Executive Business Coach for Nonprofit Founders-where she coaches Nonprofit Development, Strategic Planning, Program Development and Grant Writing. She is Founder/Executive Director of her own nonprofit org, Fihankra Global Education & has created a nonprofit network of over 50 Black and Latino run organizations!
A public policy advocate with experience in campaigns, government and community engagement, Abdul Dosunmu is the Founder and Chief Strategist of the Young Black Lawyers’ Organizing Coalition (YBLOC), a network of young Black lawyers and law students who are working to help protect and empower Black electoral voice. In the 2020 general election, Abdul led YBLOC’s seven-state voter protection campaign, which coordinated voting rights litigation to protect 132,000 absentee voters in Arkansas, distributed 180,300 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to Black voters in Texas and South Carolina for safe voting, engaged in robust local advocacy to ensure the equitable administration of elections, hosted grassroots voter education sessions and mobilized legal volunteers to support national election protection work.
Formerly an appointee of President Barack Obama to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Abdul served as Special Assistant to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony R. Foxx and Advisor to the Department’s Chief of Staff, helping to advance Secretary Foxx’s work to promote safety, innovation and equity in transportation. Previously, as a Senior Associate at Precision Strategies, a digital, data, communications and campaign management firm founded by three pioneers of President Obama’s historic 2008 and 2012 campaigns, Abdul helped develop strategic communications for progressive advocacy campaigns, foundations, and civic tech startups. Additionally, Abdul has worked at the Obama White House, President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, Organizing for Action (OFA) at the Democratic National Committee, the University of Chicago, and the Office of the Mayor and City Council in Dallas, Texas.
Abdul received his B.A. in 2013 from the University of Chicago, where he was awarded the Howell Murray Alumni Association Award, one of the College’s highest honors, and was inducted into the honorary Maroon Key Society. He received his J.D. in 2020 from NYU School of Law, where he was a Furman Public Policy Scholar. He is not yet admitted to the bar, and YBLOC is a voter empowerment and advocacy organization, not a law firm. Abdul has provided public commentary on democracy for the CBS Evening News, BuzzFeed, NowThis, Univision, Roland Martin Unfiltered, the Chicago Tribune, and local television and radio.