Rap mogul and Black Lives Matter supporter Jay-Z Carter is convening a social justice summit for activists and fellow celebrities that organizers hope will drive Democratic voter registration ahead of this year’s midterm elections, according to a report from ABC News.
Jay-Z’s record label Roc Nation will lead the symposium, set to take place in New York on July 23
“It is an opportunity for people to really learn about issues that impact their communities — issues that are going to inevitably come up in midterm elections — and hopefully, it’ll drive action,” said Dania Diaz, Roc Nation’s managing director of philanthropy, “at the very least, to get more people connected to what’s happening locally in their communities, but also, you know, getting them to register to vote, first and foremost.”
Among the summit’s areas of focus will be individuals who were shot and killed by police officers, with family members of the deceased invited to attend. Jay-Z has urged investigations into police departments around the country, claiming falsely that they have targeted black people.