NEW YORK, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Thousands of people age 18-35 are registering to vote in Missouri in advance of this week's St. Louis Hip-Hop Summit, organizers said.
The event -- scheduled for Friday at the America's Center in St. Louis -- is the 25th in a series of similar voter registration drives orchestrated by the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network. The organization is a non-partisan, nonprofit coalition of hip-hop artists, record industry executives and community activists.
The St. Louis Hip-Hop Summit is also the lead event of the Missouri Black Expo at the America's Center. Headliners for the summit include Nelly, Jadakiss, Reverend Run and Doug E. Fresh.
"St. Louis, as the gateway city of the Midwest, will be the site of one of the most important Hip-Hop Summits," said Hip-Hop Summit Action Network chairman Russell Simmons. "Millions of young people throughout America are preparing to exercise not only their rights but their responsibilities to vote in a manner that should ultimately help end poverty and ignorance."