At its core Operation Black Vote exists to ensure it has greater racial justice and equality throughout the UK.
It works specifically, but not exclusively within the democratic and civic framework to deliver its objectives.
It seeks to inspire BME communities to engage with its public institutions in order to address the persistent race inequalities it faces in areas such as: education, health and employment.
Its work spans a number of areas including voter registration, lobbying politicians, mentoring schemes and political leadership programmes.
Its work began in July 1996 (16th) at the House of Commons, as a collaboration between two organisations: Charter88 which campaigns for democratic reform; and the 1990 Trust a national generic policy research and networking organisation.
After 19 years of campaigning its voice is now heard at the highest level of Government both nationally and locally, but perhaps of greater importance is the fact that it is often viewed as a beacon of hope and support for its own communities.
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