Roland Martin Cries After Seeing “Massive Line” On First Day Of Early Voting [VIDEO]

Roland Martin Gets Emotional Seeing “Massive Line” On First Day Of Early Voting

By now, the entire country is well aware of what’s at stake with political and civil unrest throughout the U.S. seemingly at an all time high.  The importance of voting has made a resounding echo throughout media outlets utilizing public figures like Cardi B and Shaun King, as well as political figures such as former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.

Roland Martin

The sight of what TVOne’s former host of “News One Now,” Roland Martin calls a “massive line” at the early voting polls, brought tears to his eyes.  As tears roll down his face, he pans the camera to show Friendship-West Baptist Church with a multitude of people off in the distance. He wrote the caption:

The emotions just hit me on the first day of early voting in Texas

I have voted all my life. But when I rolled up to Friendship-West Baptist Church this AM, and I saw this massive line after the polls had been open 27 minutes, the tears just hit me. I was listening to @treysongz song, “2020 Riots: How Many Times,” and it just hit me. It’s 50 degrees right now, and these folks are ready! I’m a grown man, but I have no problem showing this type of emotion because I know what is at stake for our people.

He continued,

My tears were also because I started with @common and @johnlegend’s “Glory,” and Common has a line that says “freedom is like a religion to us.” I know what Black folks have been through in this country. Voting is not the be-all-to-end-all, but I sure as hell know it IS part of the solution. I could have voted at FWBC, but I’m going to vote where my parents are working the polls. They impressed upon me the power of voting and civic engagement, and its only fitting. #VoteOrShutTheHellUp

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I have voted all my life. But when I rolled up to Friendship-West Baptist Church this AM, and I saw this massive line after the polls had been open 27 minutes, the tears just hit me. I was listening to @treysongz song, “2020 Riots: How Many Times,” and it just hit me. It’s 50 degrees right now, and these folks are ready! I’m a grown man, but I have no problem showing this type of emotion because I know what is at stake for our people. My tears were also because I started with @common and @johnlegend’s “Glory,” and Common has a line that says “freedom is like a religion to us.” I know what Black folks have been through in this country. Voting is not the be-all-to-end-all, but I sure as hell know it IS part of the solution. I could have voted at FWBC, but I’m going to vote where my parents are working the polls. They impressed upon me the power of voting and civic engagement, and its only fitting. #VoteOrShutTheHellUp

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Authored by: Robin Ayers