The Dunbar Recreation Center. Image via Google Maps.
The first Census Community Block Party and Job Fair will be tomorrow afternoon.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, in partnership with Atlanta’s Complete Count Committee, Bottoms will be throwing the celebration in order to educate and mobilize Atlanta residents ahead of the 2020 Census, according to program materials. The first event will take place in Mechanicsville, which, according to the U.S. Census Bureau has been historically undercounted.
The U.S. Constitution mandates everyone living in the United States needs to be counted every 10 years. An accurate count is important, because it ensures Atlanta receives its fair share of public resources according to city materials.
“This is more than just a count,” Mayor Bottoms said last April about the formation of the Atlanta Counts initiative. “The Census is about representation of each resident and ensuring our communities are reflective of the Atlanta we see every day. We have put together a team that represents the diversity of all Atlantans to ensure no one is left behind. I am confident that with everyone working together, we can get to an accurate count.”
Thec elebration will take place tomorrow, June 15, from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Dunbar Recreation Center. The event is open to the public, and free food, games, entertainment and employment resources will be provided.