Spectrum News 1 report features members of Elon’s Zeta Phi Beta chapter

Members of the Xi Omicron chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. appeared in a recent Spectrum News 1 story about issues facing voters this election season.

A Spectrum News 1 report on a national study about the issues facing voters ahead of the 2020 election featured Elon students and faculty.

The story, “Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Study: 60% of Black Women Say They Always Vote,” highlighted a recent study by the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. that detailed issues facing minority voters – specifically Black women – this election season.

Dean Rochelle Ford (center) appears with student members of the Xi Omicron chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. in the Spectrum News 1 report.

Reporter Giuli Frendak followed Elon’s Xi Omicron chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., as the organization went out into the community to encourage local residents to vote. Elon seniors Alicia Powell and Qwai-Zia Pennix discussed the importance of informing the public as the election approaches.

“I don’t feel like silence is an option,” said Powell, president of the chapter. “I feel like silence is violence and all votes matter. So I think it’s so important.”

Pennix, who serves as the chapter’s secretary, spoke on the impact this election could have on generations of Americans for years to come.

“This election means so more than just me checking a box,” Pennix said. “This means the security of my future, this means the security of my children, my grandchildren.”

Also appearing in the report was Rochelle Ford, dean of the School of Communications and professor of strategic communications. View the entire Spectrum News 1 story here.