Monday, September 10, 2012

The Apollo Theater and BET Networks Presents “Vote Like Your Life Depends On It” Town Hall Forum

Panelists Reverend Al Sharpton, Michael Eric Dyson, Elinor Tatum, Keli Goff and James Braxton Peterson To Discuss Key 2012 Election Issues Affecting the African American Community

Event Launches New Apollo Uptown Hall Series

Harlem, NY – The Apollo Theater and BET Networks will partner to present "Vote Like Your Life Depends On It,” a FREE community town hall forum to be held at the legendary Apollo on Monday, September 17th at 7:30pm. The discussion will feature esteemed panelists focusing on issues impacting the presidential election, from Supreme Court nominations and health care to voter suppression tactics and access to education.

The event marks the launch of the Apollo’s new series - Apollo Uptown Hall - and is part of BET Network’s multi-platform “Vote Like Your Life Depends On It” initiative, designed to track every aspect of the elections process and inform the nation about the issues that matter most to the African-American community.

“Since its inception, the Apollo Theater has served as a “town hall” for local community residents as well as people from all across New York City,” said Jonelle Procope, President & CEO of the Apollo Theater. “Uptown Hall is a natural extension of the role we have always played, and creates a platform for us to more regularly engage the community in conversations that matter.”

Moderated by BET Networks star and host of the network’s new show DON’T SLEEP!, TJ Holmes, the panel will include: civil rights leader and television and radio host, Rev. Al Sharpton, author and academic Michael Eric Dyson, The New York Amsterdam News publisher Elinor Tatum, political analyst and author Keli Goff and James Braxton Peterson, Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. The New York Amsterdam News is the event’s community partner. Non-registered New Yorkers will be able to register to vote on-site. Those interested in attending can RSVP in advance at

About Apollo Uptown Hall: As one of upper Manhattan’s most active performance venues and working theaters, the Apollo preserves and promotes the cultural heritage of Harlem, showcasing a diverse array of performers and performance genres, and presents a series of education and community programs. The Apollo is also deeply committed to serving and enhancing the life of its community, serving as a cultural and economic anchor and providing a forum for meaningful discussion. The Apollo Uptown Hall series will feature innovative activities linking performing arts presentations activities and events that respond to critical global issues that have relevance to the Harlem community and that speak to a broader audience. The Theater plans to host additional 2012 election year related events under Uptown Hall that will be announced at a later date.

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