Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam at today’s OFA NC kickoff event. (Photo by Michaela Duckett.)

President Barack Obama’s grassroots organization, Organizing for America North Carolina (OFA NC), kicked off its official CIAA weekend of action voter registration drive today.

“During the era of the 1960s they fought so hard for us to have the right to vote, and I think we should utilize that right,” said Angela Perkins, who has been volunteering with OFA NC since it’s inception in 2008. “I’m rolling up my sleeves to do what I can to get people out here interested in being part of the solution and getting rid of these apathetic attitudes that our votes do not matter.”

Perkins along with several other OFA NC volunteers received a special visit this afternoon from the President’s former personal aide and Charlotte native Reggie Love, along with award-winning actress Keshia Knight Pulliam (“The Cosby Show,” “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”).

“It means so much to me to see such a strong support for someone that I have worked so closely and dearly with for basically my entire adult life,” said Love. “It’s great to see this kind of support here in Charlotte, where I grew up for 18 years, for a person who I think we all believe has done a great job … I just want you to know that you are appreciated.”

Pulliam echoed that sentiment, adding that she voted for Obama in 2008.

“It is so important that we continue this grassroots effort, which you are doing,” she said addressing a crowd of about two dozen volunteers. “To get him re-elected, we can’t stop. We can’t get complacent. We can’t sit back and feel like we have this one in the bag because we don’t. We have a lot of young voters who will be voting for the first time in this election, and we have to get them registered.”

OFA NC was created in 2008 and remains committed to re-electing President Obama and boosting Democrats statewide through voter registration, voter education and field organizing efforts. For more information visit

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