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Rapper 2 Chainz joins civil rights leaders to push Sunday voting in Georgia


 

It was a marriage of religious hymns and hip hop.

The pastor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s church, civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis and the rapper 2 Chainz stood before a rumbling bus that had just dropped dozens of churchgoers to a Sunday voting station to urge early votes.

"If we don't vote, we don't have a reason to complain," said the College Park rapper, whose real name is Tauheed Epps.

"It is important for me to come out and use my platform to try to influence the millennials," he said in an interview, making clear that he did not vote for Republican Donald Trump. "Actions speak louder than words, and it's got to start somewhere."

In the crowd was an 11-year-old girl who asked the Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of MLK's Ebenezer Baptist Church, what would happen if Donald Trump won. He joked that it would take all day to explain.

Then Lewis chimed in.

"Our country will not be the same," said Lewis. "Donald Trump is mean spirited. And he will take us back to another place, another time."

He and other Georgia Democrats are aggressively pushing back on the bombshell revelation by the FBI that that investigators have found a trove of emails – the contents of which are unknown – that could be linked to their probe of Hillary Clinton's private email server.

On Saturday, model and actress Tyra Banks dismissed the FBI disclosure at a campaign stop in Atlanta.

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.