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Friday, November 4, 2022   

As the midterm election approaches, the Black Man Lab Foundation and the New Georgia Project have mobilized a nine-city tour across the state to give Black men a forum to discuss their top issues and concerns.

Black men have been left out of the political conversation for too long in Georgia and around the country, said Marty Monegain, executive director of the Black Man Lab Foundation. He said their "lab sessions" welcome men of all ages, but the target audience is 13- to 25-year-olds. Monegain said some participants talk about why they haven't voted.

"When it comes to the younger demographic," he said, "their thing is, 'We hear all the time that different things are going to happen prior to somebody being elected, and then it never happens.' The truth is, now you have the ability to hold somebody accountable."

He said the Black Man Lab has weekly Monday sessions in Atlanta, often attended by more than 100 people, who discuss a variety of topics on professional and personal development. He said the group's vision is to empower and inspire them to positively transform the world.

Monegain said an important topic of discussion they're hearing on the tour is that Black men feel the candidates need to be more concerned about gun violence. He stresses on the tour that voting is the way to give them a bigger voice on these issues.

"They can put in policies and things of that nature," he said, "but the truth is, what we got to, was that they need to be able to think through policies that they want to see put in place to affect violence, right? And then push that to politicians."

The "Black Men Got Something to Say" tour makes stops in South Fulton today, on Sunday in Clayton County and on Monday in Atlanta.


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