Caravan designed to engage Black voters is rolling toward Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A national organization focused on engaging and educating Black voters will hit the streets in Philadelphia this week. 

“When we come to their town, they’re going to recognize this van,” Brittany Smalls said. 

Smalls is the Pennsylvania coordinator for Black Voters Matter Fund, a national group that builds civic engagement and community power, and educates voters in marginalized communities.

“There’s a lot of civil unrest right now, so people are engaged more than ever,” Smalls says.

She says they will capitalize on that engagement with their rollout of their voter outreach caravan — a couple of souped-up 15-seater mini-buses wrapped in green, red and black and covered with the words "Black Voters Matter" and "Black Liberation." The buses are outfitted with wi-fi and a QR code that allows people to register to vote on their cell phones on the spot. 

Call it a social-distanced friendly party bus.

“We like music, we like food, we like arts. This van represents everything in one, so we can still connect with our folks."

The vans will connect with Black voters in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Allegheny, Dauphin and Erie counties.

“We’ll be hyping them up on the microphone with cars following," she said.

The first stop will be North Philadelphia at Broad and Master streets, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, National Black Voter Day.