Get the Vote Out-—We Won’t ‘Black Down’


by Roger Caldwell

Orlando Fl. – On Saturday, October 22, 2022, a mobile canvassing bus tour took place to educate the Black community on the significance of early voting. With only 2 weeks left until Election Day, it is important that the Black community is reminded that their vote is their voice.

With the collaboration  of Shaniqua “Shan” Rose, President of Change For the Community, Jae Fortune, Pine Hills Partnership, and Black Voters Matters came together to do something different in the community.

“Our goal is to remind the Black community, no matter what you do, you are not forgotten and your vote matters. I want everyone, especially young people to see someone who looks like them out here talking to the community, ” says Shan Rose.

There were stops made in Pine Hills, Richmond Heights, Orange County, and Parramore for 4 hours, and roughly 1,000 people were engaged on Saturday. The future plan is to knock on 20,000 doors until Election Day, November 8th.  While many of the riders traveled around West Orange, texting was also employed.

The bus tour and canvassing was a brilliant concept and idea, said Shan.

“It is our goal to educate the voters that our needs are on the ballot, and voter turnout wins elections. We Won’t Black Down (or folks who may not understand this new speech-We Won’t Back Down) is educating the Black community in Orange County.”

Sponsors feel certain the mobile canvassing bus tour will increase voter turnout and build capacity, and force elected officials to provide more resources in our community. With more funding this is a plan that should be executed throughout the entire state of Florida.

To join the movement text Florida to 25225. 

To participate in future Get Out The Vote initiatives or if you need more information, please contact Shan Rose (407-603-1602 or