2013 The Root 100

In the fight to preserve voting rights, she is at the forefront.

  • Influence: 167.1
  • Reach: 7.94
  • Substance: 7.7
  • Media Mentions: 54
  • Internet Mentions: 2980
  • Twitter Followers: 532
  • Jotaka Eaddy

  • Eaddy is an outspoken activist for voting rights.
  • Job: Senior adviser to the president and CEO and senior director for voting rights for the NAACP
  • Sector: Community
  • Twitter: @JotakaEaddy
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Age: 34
  • Bio: African Americans have fought for the right to vote since emancipation, but the vote remains under threat today. Jotaka Eaddy is responding to that threat as the senior adviser to the president and CEO and senior director for voting rights for the NAACP. For Huffington Post Black Voices, Eaddy wrote, "Modern-day voter suppression tactics have created an environment where citizens are again faced with monumental barriers and obstacles to participate in the election process. Whether it is a 102-year-old woman who waited out long lines to vote, a 91-year-old World War II veteran who was nearly purged from the rolls, or one of the countless college students or hard-working citizens, Americans across the nation are fighting for their rights." Eaddy also is a staunch anti-death penalty advocate with a 15-year career in activism, leading and managing lobbying efforts and grassroots campaigns in more than 48 states and 28 countries. Visit her website and like her Facebook page.
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