Sanctuary of Hope Plans 3rd Annual Black Narrative Series

A morning dedicated to crucial social justice conversations on boosting Black voter turnout and census participation.

LOS ANGELES – Sanctuary of Hope, a local nonprofit youth development and human service organization, will convene its 3rd Annual Black Narrative Series event, “Woke to Win: Strategies to Amplify the Black Volume through the 2020 Election & Census”, a crucial conversation on increasing Black participation and turnout for the 2020 election and census.  This Black History Month event will be held on February 27, from 9 am- 12 pm at Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. Doors open at 8:45 am.

Woke to Win will address the current state of politics impacting Black people and strategies to amplify the Black voice through the electoral process and beyond.  The event will consist of a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Anthony Samad, Executive Director of The Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political & Economic Institute at California State University Dominguez Hills. Panelists include: Damien Goodmon, Founder & Executive Director of the Crenshaw Subway Coalition; Annetta Wells, Deputy Political Director for SEIU 2015; Rev. Najuma Smith, Program Manager for the USC Cecil Murray Institute for Civic Engagement, and Greg Akili, Executive Director of the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute.

 “There is a lot at stake in this upcoming election and census count.  We need to ensure our Black communities are fairly represented and accounted for in every aspect of electoral politics and federal resources,” explains Janet Denise Kelly, Executive Director of Sanctuary of Hope. “2020 is the beginning of a decade where Black turnout in voting and being counted in the census will determine political outcomes.  Increasing voting rates and averting a census undercount  are vital efforts that will impact critical areas such as housing, education, wealth, employment, and health,” added Ms. Kelly.

 “Woke to Win: Strategies to Amplify the Black Volume through the 2020 Election & Census” is a free community event.  Attendees are asked to RSVP at

About Sanctuary of Hope
Sanctuary of Hope’s mission is to provide a caring and multi-cultural approach to services that will help young adults become self-sufficient and lead prosperous lives.   For more information, visit the organization’s website at