It's not always we get a chance to meet those that have experienced the struggle with civil rights activists such as Martin Luther King and John Lewis. Not to mention our local public figures right here in Muskegon County.
Ms. Patsy Petty a native of Muskegon Heights has been paving the way to help make changes within our legal system and government since the 1970’s here in Muskegon. She is also an active member of the Democratic Black Caucus and with the local branch in Muskegon.
Even though she states that she is ready to retire, Ms. Patsy is still making moves using her experience to educate those on how important it is to vote along with what we are voting for.
Ms. Patsy is determined to help Muskegon County have the highest voter turnout in history. She has researched every region that needs to have people registered to vote and vote by absentee ballots.
Within the next couple of weeks you will be able to see and hear her passion about registering to vote and absentee ballots all throughout the streets of Muskegon County. Going back to the bull horn days she has decided to take the bull by horns and ride the streets of Muskegon County by playing music of today while encouraging our younger generations to get out and vote.
Just recently she participated in an event with Taking Back Muskegon and managed to register 25 people to vote in one day. Not to mention,15 absentee ballots sign ups.
Ms. Patsy's determination to help our communities come together and make our voices heard through voting is inspiring. I remember the first day I met her. She asked me who my family was and I told her. Her response back was one I'll never forget. She told me that I was destined for greatness and to stop playing with myself. Believe or not, I did just that and took her advice. Now I am interviewing her as a community activists who has paved the way for us to speak freely and express our thoughts and opinions to stand up for what we believe is right.
I am honored to have met Ms. Patsy along with receiving great knowledge about voting rights and the importance of voting. Thank you for paving the way for myself and many others! Your efforts are greatly appreciated and we applaud you.