The roots of African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E) Church sprung from rebellion and civil disobedience, championing for social justice and voter rights for all.
Lillie Gorham, a member of St. Matthew A.M.E Church in West Philadelphia, explains how her relationship with her congregation helped her get out and vote after moving from North Carolina where she did not have those rights.
The reason why I attended the A.M.E. church was [the woman] I was living with, that’s where she was going. And that’s how I got involved with the A.M.E. Church and I’ve been involved with it ever since.
I only voted in Pennsylvania. And ever since I first voted here, I voted every year since for any election, city or state or federal.
The church has people taking people to the polls, taking them to get registered. It’s very active in my church, and I would say the A.M.E. Church, period. They try to encourage people to get out and vote and emphasize the reason for your voting, because every vote does count.