ST. PETERSBURG — This week Omali Yeshitela announced his endorsement of Eritha Akile Cainion for the District 6 Council seat and Jesse Nevel for Mayor, expressing his support for their platform positions on black community economic development, affordable housing, unity through reparations, stop sewage dumping, fix the failing schools, restore felon rights and black community control of the police.
It is widely expected that the outcome of this year’s high-profile mayoral race will hinge on the black vote of south St. Petersburg, a voting bloc historically key to determining which candidates move past the primary into the November general election.
Long-time leader of the Uhuru movement and a veteran of the struggles of the 1960s, Chairman Yeshitela swept the black precincts when he ran for mayor in 2001 against then-mayoral candidate Rick Baker.
Chairman Yeshitela is extending his support for these candidates by presenting a “Black Community Campaign Concert” this Friday, June 23 featuring numerous local hip-hop artists, comedians and poets, including Krown Deon, Rack’d Up Slim, Ameen Spade, Mulan, Chief Music, Tony Wi$e, Jay Swag and Goddess Kae.
The artists will perform on the Uhuru House’s outdoor stage, located at 1245 18th Ave. S. The program will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free and the candidates will be on hand to meet and speak with the public.
For more information, call 727-821-6620.