Journalism and Sports Program

2016 Democratic National Convention

Morehouse College Journalism and Sports Program at 2016 Democratic National Convention

Thanks to last year’s $1 million donation from basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, the Morehouse College Journalism and Sports Program has sent four students and program director Ron Thomas in Philadelphia to cover this week’s Democratic National Convention. They will post articles and blog posts, and tweet live from events, as staff members of The Maroon Tiger, the student news organization at Morehouse.

Three of the contingent are Morehouse students Kingsley Iyawe, a junior Mathematics major from Atlanta; Ayron Lewallen, a junior political science major from Wichita, Kan.; and Ugo Unigwe, a senior biology major from Marietta, Ga. The fourth reporter is Houston native DeShay Kidd, a comparative women’s studies major at Spelman College, one of Morehouse’s partner institutions in the Atlanta University Center. Thomas, who will serve as their editor, is The Maroon Tiger’s adviser.

Ironically, Philadelphia was the site of Barkley’s entry into the NBA in 1984 as the 76ers’ first-round draft pick. He spent the first half of his 16-year career there. Barkley now is a popular basketball analyst for Turner Sports. He also is a close friend of Morehouse alum, filmmaker Shelton "Spike" Lee.

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Philly AIDS Thrift: A Store With a Conscience

Ugochukwu Unigwe
The Maroon Tiger

PHILADELPHIA – July 28, 2016 – Philly AIDS Thrift is a local thrift-store-turned-place that many in the community find family and home. Every month, Philly AIDS Thrift donates over $20,000 to the AIDS Fund, an organization that assists with AIDS support and helps provide care.

“The store’s been open since 2005, so 11 years,” said Christina Kallas-Saritsoglou, one of the co-founders of the shop. “In the beginning, it was two people doing a majority of the work, but now we have 15 permanent staff and 100 volunteers.”

When she saw many of her friends being affected by HIV and AIDS, she decided she, with some of the other co-founders, wanted to do something. The store is a direct response to the needs the co-founders saw in their own communities.

“I had a lot of friends in the ’80s who were dealing with the effects of HIV/AIDS. During that time, AIDS was a death sentence.”

Outside of staff and operating costs, the store gives all of its proceeds to the AIDS Fund.  The AIDS Fund distributes the money it receives from the store to 19 AIDS organizations in Philadelphia.

Phillys AIDS Thrift also works in conjunction with Giovanni’s, one of the oldest LGBT thrift stores in America. It was closing at one point and to save the store and stop it from closing, Philly partnered with it.

“Giovanni’s is now Philly AIDS Store at Giovanni’s,” Kallas-Saritsoglou said.

 “One year ago, we opened our own HIV Testing Center. We partner with five of the 19 AIDS organizations in Philadelphia for rapid HIV testing on the weekends.”

The idea of putting something as marginalized as AIDS testing in a non-traditional type of space “normalizes testing and breaks stigmas.” There are people who are uncomfortable with a normal testing environment or talking to their own doctor.

Adam Proctor, an employee, states that the store is a place where family and friends meet and connect. These are “normally people who I wouldn’t pay any mind, walking by them on the street, but now, the first people I text,” Proctor said.

Kallas-Saritsoglou said, “The best thing about this place is the people, hands down. The shoppers, employees and volunteers, teenagers, older folks. We’re here to support everyone. It’s about the community at large,”

Chelsea Introduces Her Mom, ‘a Woman Driven by Compassion’

By DeShay Kidd
The Maroon Tiger 

 

         PHILADELPHIA – July 29, 2016 – Senator Hillary Clinton won the Mother of the Year title from daughter Chelsea Clinton during the last night of the Democratic National Convention. Chelsea told the audience, “I am a very, very proud daughter” as she celebrated her mother making history by becoming the first woman nominated as a presidential candidate by

Chelsea told the audience, “I am a very, very proud daughter” as she celebrated her mother making history by becoming the first woman nominated as a presidential candidate by major political party. Chelsea shared stories of Hillary reading “Goodnight Moon”

to her. “From that moment, to this one, every single memory I have of my mom is that regardless of what was happening in her life, she was always, always there for me,” Chelsea said. And now,

Hillary’s reading “Chugga Chugga Choo Choo” to Chelsea’s Her parents’ love for her never was in doubt. “That feeling of being valued and loved, that’s what my mom wants for every child,” Chelsea said. “She’s a listener and a doer. She’s a woman driven by compassion.”

Chelsea also talked about some of the hard times for Hillary, such as in 1994, when her plan for universal healthcare was rejected. “It was brutal. It was exhausting,” Chelsea recalled. Yet, after recovering by spending time with family, “she got right back to work” trying to improve children’s lives.

Chelsea believes her mother is an excellent presidential candidate because, “She never ever forgets who she’s fighting for.” Chelsea highlighted the fact that her mother made it easier for children in the foster care system to be adopted and aided the 9/11 first responders in getting the help they deserved.

Clinton concluded her speech by telling the audience that she’s voting for someone who is her role model as a mother and as an advocate, and that person is presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Booker Urges Youth to be Change Agents

By DeShay Kidd
The Maroon Tiger 

PHILADELPHIA – July 27, 2016 – The Democratic National Convention continued this week with a meeting hosted by the Youth Council. The audience was able to hear speak Jason Rae, Sarah Audelo, Martin Garetti, Maggie Thompson, Nelini Stamp, Catalina Velasquez and special guest Sen. Cory Booker.

Booker is the junior U.S. senator from New Jersey, where he previously served as the mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013. He walked on stage with a strong presence.

“Young folks offer something that’s powerful to me and that’s that they are willing to innovate,” he said. “Think of new ways to make change, new ways to protest and new ways to challenge.”

Booker told the audience a moving story about the death of a young man who lived in his apartment building. Booker showcased his sorrow and told the crowd about his mistakes.

“Most often, the biggest thing you can do in any day is not win an election,” he said. “The biggest thing you can do in any day is always going to be a small act of kindness, decency and love to other people. 

“Courage is not a war. Courage is just getting yourself out of bed and getting dressed. Courage is just putting one foot in front of another.”

He urged youth to become change agents. He said they push change “by swearing an oath not with a hand over your heart but with your hand out, reached to serve, to help, to give.” 

Booker concluded his speech by reciting a powerful poem created by Langston Hughes entitled “Let America Be America Again.”

 

Clinton Makes History, Promises Prosperity

Ugochukwu Unigwe

The Maroon Tiger

 

            PHILADELPHIA – July 29, 2016 – In her acceptance speech, as the first woman to accept a major party nomination for president, Hillary Clinton attempted to draw some serious lines between her future administration and the proposed administration of Republican candidate Donald Trump.

            Clinton asserted that she’ll be a president for the Democrats, Republicans, independents, the struggling and striving, and for those who vote for her and for those who don’t.

            “When one barrier falls in America, it clears the way for everyone,” Clinton pointed out, not only to the history that was made in the arena on Thursday, but to the history that would be made in the future.

            "My primary mission as president will be to create more opportunity and more good jobs with rising wages right here in the United States,” she said.

            Clinton pointed back to the legacy and and history left by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, emphasizing Thursday night that “America is better because of Barack Obama’s leadership and I’m better because of his friendship.” She asserted that because of the Obama administration, 15 million private sector jobs had been created, a booming auto industry had been revived, and 20 million more Americans have health insurance.

Clinton thanked and supported her rival in the primaries, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Sanders supporters, stating that his “campaign inspired millions of Americans, particularly the young Americans.” She emphasized that his campaign put economic and social issues to the front, where they belong.

            Clinton stated that she needed the ideas, energy and passion of Sanders supporters, believing that was “the only way we can turn our progressive platform into real change for America.”

            Clinton reached back to the history of our nation, speaking about the founders of the United States.

            “Our founders came together to create one nation because they knew what we know: We are stronger together,” she said.

            Powerful forces threaten to pull the U.S. apart, and her campaign has decided to work together so Americans can rise together. She contrasted that approach with the doom and gloom expressed during the Republican National Convention, quoting former President Franklin Roosevelt stating that, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

            Clinton then praised the U.S., stating that it has the most dynamic, diverse people in the world, and its youth are powerful, yet generous.

            Stronger together, according to Clinton, “is not just a lesson from history, or a campaign slogan, “but the guiding principle of our nation.”

            She went back to her roots, speaking about her father, who had his own small businesses that printed fabrics.

            “He wanted to give me opportunities he never had,” Clinton said.

            Clinton promised to work with Sanders to make college tuition free at state schools, liberate millions with burdensome student debt, and assure young people that a four-year degree isn’t the only path to success. She vowed to keep the United States safe, support Israel’s security and hold every country to their commitments, including ours.

            Clinton used all the tools she had at her disposal to paint Trump as a temperamental, unstable person who is not fit to be president.

            “Trump offers empty promises,” she said. “We’re offering a bold agenda that will bring forth change.”

 

 

 

Clinton Makes History, Promises Prosperity

Ugochukwu Unigwe
The Maroon Tiger

            PHILADELPHIA – July 29, 2016 – In her acceptance speech, as the first woman to accept a major party nomination for president, Hillary Clinton attempted to draw some serious lines between her future administration and the proposed administration of Republican candidate Donald Trump.

            Clinton asserted that she’ll be a president for the Democrats, Republicans, independents, the struggling and striving, and for those who vote for her and for those who don’t.

            “When one barrier falls in America, it clears the way for everyone,” Clinton pointed out, not only to the history that was made in the arena on Thursday, but to the history that would be made in the future.

            "My primary mission as president will be to create more opportunity and more good jobs with rising wages right here in the United States,” she said.

            Clinton pointed back to the legacy and and history left by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, emphasizing Thursday night that “America is better because of Barack Obama’s leadership and I’m better because of his friendship.” She asserted that because of the Obama administration, 15 million private sector jobs had been created, a booming auto industry had been revived, and 20 million more Americans have health insurance.

Clinton thanked and supported her rival in the primaries, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Sanders supporters, stating that his “campaign inspired millions of Americans, particularly the young Americans.” She emphasized that his campaign put economic and social issues to the front, where they belong.

            Clinton stated that she needed the ideas, energy and passion of Sanders supporters, believing that was “the only way we can turn our progressive platform into real change for America.”

            Clinton reached back to the history of our nation, speaking about the founders of the United States.

            “Our founders came together to create one nation because they knew what we know: We are stronger together,” she said.

            Powerful forces threaten to pull the U.S. apart, and her campaign has decided to work together so Americans can rise together. She contrasted that approach with the doom and gloom expressed during the Republican National Convention, quoting former President Franklin Roosevelt stating that, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

            Clinton then praised the U.S., stating that it has the most dynamic, diverse people in the world, and its youth are powerful, yet generous.

            Stronger together, according to Clinton, “is not just a lesson from history, or a campaign slogan, “but the guiding principle of our nation.”

            She went back to her roots, speaking about her father, who had his own small businesses that printed fabrics.

            “He wanted to give me opportunities he never had,” Clinton said.

            Clinton promised to work with Sanders to make college tuition free at state schools, liberate millions with burdensome student debt, and assure young people that a four-year degree isn’t the only path to success. She vowed to keep the United States safe, support Israel’s security and hold every country to their commitments, including ours.

            Clinton used all the tools she had at her disposal to paint Trump as a temperamental, unstable person who is not fit to be president.

            “Trump offers empty promises,” she said. “We’re offering a bold agenda that will bring forth change.”

Stronger Together, Supporting Each Other

By Ayron Lewallen

The Maroon Tiger

PHILADELPHIA – July 27, 2016 – When you have friends in high places, it is only right that your companions speak on your behalf. The country has seen numerous people jump behind Hillary Clinton to pledge their support for the Democratic presidential nominee. People from former President Bill Clinton to New Jersey Senator Cory Booker have pledged their allegiance to Hillary, but when you have President Barack Obama on your side, you must be someone very special.

Obama spoke at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night to tell America why its constituents should put their faith in America and continue the momentum the nation has gained while he has been in office. Obama recalled being full of faith when he stood before the DNC audience in 2008.

“I was filled with faith, faith in America,” Obama said at Wells Fargo Center. “A lot's happened over the years. And while this nation has been tested by war, and it's been tested by recession and all manner of challenges, I stand before you again tonight after almost two terms as your president to tell you I am more optimistic about the future of America than ever before. How could I not be?”

Obama has undying faith in Clinton to continue the legacy Obama has built over the past eight years. From recovering from the worst recession in 80 years to creating 15 million new jobs for hard-working Americans to ensuring each citizen has access to affordable healthcare, the Obama administration has achieved numerous accomplishments to create a better life for American people.

“After decades of talk, we finally began to wean ourselves off foreign oil,” Obama said. “We doubled our production of clean energy. We brought more of our troops home to their families. And we delivered justice to Osama Bin Laden. Through diplomacy we shut down Iran's nuclear weapons program, we opened up a new chapter with the people of Cuba, brought nearly 200 nations together around a climate agreement that could save this planet for our children.”

Referring to the Republican National Convention last week in Cleveland, Obama said, “What we heard was a deeply pessimistic vision of a country where we turn against each other, and turn away from the rest of the world. There were no serious solutions to pressing problems – just the fanning of resentment, and blame, and anger, and hate.”

Obama expressed confidence that Clinton will continue to push the nation forward instead of setting it back.

“We need to keep making our streets safer and our criminal justice system fairer; our homeland more secure, our world more peaceful and sustainable for the next generation,” Obama said. “We’re not done perfecting our union, or living up to our founding creed – that all of us are created equal, all of us are free in the eyes of God.

“. . . There is only one candidate in this race who believes in that future, and has devoted her life to that future, a mother and grandmother who’d do anything to help our children thrive; a leader with real plans to break down barriers, blast through glass ceilings, and widen the circle of opportunity to every single American.”

Obama believes that candidate is Hillary Clinton.

Obama used the rest of his time to speak on behalf of Clinton not only as a colleague, but as a friend. He referred to her as tough, intelligent, decisive, and disciplined, all of which are important qualities for someone who hopes to serve as president.

“I came to realize that her unbelievable work ethic wasn’t for praise or attention – that she was in this for everyone who needs a champion,” Obama said. “I understood that after all these years, she has never forgotten just who she’s fighting for.”

He spoke about the work she has done as a young woman and First Lady: fighting to ensure children with disabilities receive a quality education and to fighting to get Congress to pass the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Of course, no one knows what it is like to have to make the tough decisions one would have to by serving as president unless they actually served in that position. Obama said that although Clinton has not served in that capacity, she has been in the room when tough decisions were made because she helped make them as Secretary of State.

Obama confidently reassured the American people that “there has never been a man or a woman, not me, not Bill [Clinton], nobody more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as President of the United States of America.”

    Obama praised Clinton for her choosing of a quality running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who he described as a committed and humble public servant.

    During his speech, Obama addressed the differences between Clinton and Donald Trump’s proposed plans if elected president, labeling Clinton’s as “real” and “specific.”

    “And then there’s Donald Trump,” Obama said. “Don’t boo, vote. The Donald is not really a plans guy. He’s not really a facts guy, either. He calls himself a business guy, which is true, but I have to say, I know plenty of businessmen and women who’ve achieved remarkable success without leaving a trail of lawsuits, and unpaid workers, and people feeling like they got cheated.

         “Don’t boo, vote.”

    Obama is positive Trump does not care about the real issues facing American people.

    In case Trump forgot, Obama kindly reminded him that the American people are not looking to elect a dictator, the same reason the country broke away from the control of Great Britain.

    “We are not a fragile people,” Obama said. “We’re not a frightful people. Our power doesn’t come from some self-declared savior promising that he alone can restore order as long as we do things his way. We don’t look to be ruled.”

Obama defended those who criticize Clinton for some of the choices she has made in the past telling them each politician makes mistakes. He also said mistakes happen when you actually try.

Obama spoke to those Democrats who may not agree with Clinton on some issues, or any issue for that matter.

“She’s been there for us – even if we haven’t always noticed,” Obama said. “And if you’re serious about our democracy, you can’t afford to stay home just because she might not align with you on every issue. You’ve got to get in the arena with her, because democracy isn’t a spectator sport. America isn’t about ‘yes he will.’ It’s about ‘yes we can.’ ”

During the past eight years, it is clear the America has faced some tough times. As president, one can only imagine the pain and anguish one must feel when the American people are hurt. Obama cited the American people as his strength because the citizens have stood behind him when times got tough and gave him hope. He urged each person to do the same for Clinton should she become the next POTUS.

“America, you have vindicated that hope these past eight years,” Obama said. “And now I’m ready to pass the baton and do my part as a private citizen. So this year, in this election, I’m asking you to join me – to reject cynicism, and reject fear, and to summon what’s best in us; to elect Hillary Clinton as the next President of the United States, and show the world we still believe in the promise of this great nation.”

Kaine Mocks Trump: Do You Believe Him? No!

By Ron Thomas

The Maroon Tiger Adviser 

PHILADELPHIA – July 27, 2016 – Senator Tim Kaine, the Democratic Party’s vice presidential nominee, has a reputation for being very nice, and rather bland. Indeed, he lived up to both for the first half of his acceptance speech Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center.

His was the oh-so-typical tale of the middle-class kid raised with middle-class values and determination, in the heartland of Minnesota and Kansas, no less. When he laid out his achievements as an elective official, it was informative – especially since most listeners and TV viewers probably knew little about him – though it wasn’t captivating.

But when Kaine turned his attention to Donald Trump, suddenly wit and personality emerged.

Having noted that his son, Nat, had just deployed with a Marine battalion, Kaine went on the offensive. “And as he’s serving our nation abroad, I trust Hillary Clinton with our son’s life,” he said. “You know who I don’t trust? Donald Trump.”

He didn’t eviscerate the Republican candidate for president the way current VP Joe Biden would have. But Kaine found a way to turn one of Trump’s favorite phrases – “Believe me” – into a parody that Kaine used to mock and scorn Trump to the pleasure of his fellow Democrats.

He noted that Trump often uses that phrase before he makes a big promise, such as he did last week at the Republican Convention when he vowed a quick defeat of Isis and a fast end to crime in America if he becomes president. Kaine brought up a bunch of Trump promises, punctuating each by lowering his voice to simulate Trump’s bluster and then saying, “Believe me” with great resolve.

“There’s nothing suspicious in my tax returns. Believe me,” Kaine declared in his Trump-like baritone, and then insisted that Trump unveil his tax returns for public scrutiny, just like other presidential candidates have done.

He knocked Trump for promising to donate to charities, and then reneging. For enticing students to Trump University, which then failed to educate them. For making millions off of declaring bankruptcy and construction that wasn’t completed “while his creditors, his laid-off employees and ripped-off students, they all got hurt. You can’t believe Donald Trump – not one word.”

The crowd roared its approval, and Kaine had more arrows in his quiver.

“And yes, Donald still says ‘Believe me,’ ” Kaine said. “Believe me? Most people running for president respect you enough to tell you how they’ll get things done.”

In contrast to Trump, whom the Democrats often criticize for not backing his promises with plans, Kaine said Clinton’s goals and strategies for the future are all clearly laid out on her web site.

“All it takes is one click and we can see how she’ll do it, how we’ll pay for it, and how we will benefit from it. Not Donald Trump. He says ‘Believe me.’ Let me ask you something, do you believe him?”

And the crowd joyously responded with “No!”

Kaine even invoked highly respected Republicans’ distrust of Trump, stating that Barbara Bush, the wife of one president and the mother of another, said “she doesn’t know how any woman could vote for him after his offensive comments.”

Kaine concluded by reverting back to the second-most effective crowd pleaser in his speech – his ability to switch from English to Spanish with commendable ease. Because of the importance of winning the Latino vote on this election that was one of the main reasons Clinton picked Kaine as her running mate, and he showed off that talent last night

Early in his speech, when Kaine was telling the audience about the values he was raised with, he referred to “faith, family and work” in English. Then he smoothly repeated that phrase for emphasis, but this time in Spanish, drawing cheers from the crowd.

Kaine pulled out that technique again to end his speech. He noted that when he was a volunteer for missionaries in Honduras, he learned that the highest compliment one could receive was to be called “lista” (pronounced LEE-sta). No, it doesn’t mean smart or a friend, Kaine said. Instead, it means totally prepared, rock solid and never backing down.

“Hillary Clinton, she’s lista,” Kaine declared. And when the crowd finished chanting, “Lista! Lista,” Kaine gave Clinton his closing compliment. 

“She’s ready to fight. She’s ready to lead. And she’s ready to win.”

 

Biden’s Electrifying Speech Energizes DNC Crowd

By Kingsley Iyawe
The Maroon Tiger

         PHILADELPHIA – July 27, 2016 – Joe Biden, the Vice President of the United States, always has a reputation of a nice guy. People call him Uncle Joe because of his soft nature, but Wednesday night was exactly the opposite. Biden unleashed on Republican nominee Donald Trump at the Wells Fargo Center multiple times, calling his compassion for the middle-class “a bunch of malarkey.”

         “This guy doesn’t have a clue about the middle class, not a clue,” Biden said. “He has no clue about what makes America great. Actually, he has no clue period.”

         Biden also said that Trump lacks the qualifications that Hillary Clinton has in becoming President of the United States. He thinks Clinton has the knowledge and strength to become a very good president.

         “Hillary understands. Hillary gets it. Hillary understands that a college loan is about a lot more than getting a qualified student education,” Biden said.

         Biden said the impact of a Clinton presidency would encourage young women across the United States to run for political office: local, state, or federal level.

         “Ladies and gentleman, we all understand what it will mean for our daughters and granddaughters, when Hillary Clinton walks into the Oval Office as President of the United States of America. It will change their lives,” Biden said.

         Clinton becoming the 45th president of the United States would have as much impact on women as then-Senator Barack Obama becoming the 44th president of the United States in 2008 had on Black people. It would show that America is that country where those types of milestones can happen, and Biden believes that firmly.

         “It’s never, never, never been a good bet to bet against America,” Biden said. The crowd erupted into a huge applause. “Not only do we have the largest economy in the world, but the strongest economy in the world.” Also, Biden said, “ordinary people like us do extraordinary things.”

Via Bicycle: A Man and his Bikes

Column by Ugochukwu Unigwe
The Maroon Tiger 

            PHILADELPHIA – July 27, 2016 – The Alliance for Biking and Walking ranks Philadelphia as the seventh-best U.S. city for cycling and walking. Via Bicycle is a big reason why.

            Curtis Anthony opened Via Bicycle in 1982. He was 22 years old when he started the shop and he’s been in the bike business for over 30 years. He depends immensely on the talented employees who surround him.

            “We work on a variety of bicycles and repair just about any bicycle,” he says. “We have bikes back to the 1800s.”

Other shops in Philadelphia often send people to Via Bicycle with outdated, vintage parts that they don’t have. Via Bicycle has even bought the contents of shops that are going out of business.

            When I asked Anthony if he still bikes, he laughs, pointed to his belly and says, “Not enough. I got a 10-year-old boy now and I impress upon him how much I want to ride bikes, how important it is to me and how I want him to do it more.”

            Anthony sponsors a bike ride at his son’s school, giving his friends deals on bikes “so he’s got chums to ride with.”

Matthew Woods manages Via Bicycle’s website, where they sell vintage bike parts worldwide.

“Matthew is a noted authority on vintage bike parts,” Anthony says. Woods, who has worked at the shop for 14 years, says that the neighborhood and surrounding area have changed, but the shop has stayed the same.

“There’s more competition, but we have a solid clientele base,” he says. Via Bicycle focuses on building relationships beyond business and, according to Woods, “having an emotional investment.”

            “We’ve met such a variety of people here as customers,” Anthony says, “many of them have been here for over 30 years, not all of them at this specific location. We’ve rented bikes to various movies, different events in town, sold a couple of bikes to members of Guns and Roses, we’ve had some people come through to see our bike collection.”

            Anthony then proceeded to show me a 1896 Hartford made in Connecticut. Anthony walked around the shop, his forehead shining with sweat and his face full of joy as he showed me his craft.

            “We have the knowledge and talented guys who know how to work many different types of bikes . . . I’m only here to make sure there’s tissue in the bathroom,” Anthony states. When Via Bicycle can’t find a specific part, they have the capability to make the parts, in shop.

            “Something we’ve always done is treat customers like we want them to come back. That’s so important. I worked in the food industry. I used to be a waiter; if you go into a restaurant and they treat you awesome, you’ll want to come back.

            “We treat people like we want to see them again and hopefully, we will.”

           

 

 

 Congressman Lewis Puts His Confidence in Clinton

Kingsley Iyawe

The Maroon Tiger

         PHILADELPHIA – July 27, 2016 – When John Lewis was called to the stage to deliver his speech, the Georgia delegation at the Democratic Convention rose to a standing ovation honoring the civil rights legend. Then Lewis, who delivered his speech at the DoubleTree Hotel during a breakfast for delegates, recalled the first time he met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1958.

         “I walked to Dr. King, introduced myself, and he said, ‘You’re the boy from Troy,’ ” Lewis said. The audience burst into laughter. Then Lewis talked about his early life in rural Alabama, participating in the March on Selma, and his years as a Georgia Congressman. He also talked about his new book called “March” with Andrew Aydin.

         Lewis, a hardcore supporter of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, believes Clinton can win Georgia in November. To do that, her strong supporters, Donnei Turner and Carl Miller, said that visiting Georgia will be important.

         “Her ground game is going to have to be second to none,” Miller said. “She’s going to have to inspire those on the ground in the state of Georgia.”       Miller believes that her ground game has to surpass Obama’s in 2008, and needs the “energy” that Bernie Sanders supporters brought into the primaries so that more young people will go to the polls in November.

         Atlanta City Councilman Caesar Mitchell ’91 based his strong case for Clinton to become president by noting her experience and presence of mind. Mitchell also believes that Clinton has to build a strong Democratic base in Georgia.

         “She needs to ensure that people are not only registered to vote; that’s very important, but also inspired to vote,” Mitchell said. “It’s going to take investment: on the ground, social media, and through the airwaves.”

         Georgia tends to lean Republican in the general presidential election, which is common in the South. However, that might change in November if Clinton can hold rallies not only in Atlanta, but in Savannah, Columbus, Macon, Valdosta, and Athens. To win Georgia, Clinton needs strong support in those cities along with some rural areas.

 

Sanders’ Protesters Take Their Fury to the Media

By Ron Thomas
The Maroon Tiger Adviser

PHILADELPHIA – July 26, 2016 - The media has spent all week trying to find Bernie Sanders’ protesters. They made it incredibly easy for the media Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Shortly after Hillary Clinton was officially declared the official Democratic candidate for president, swarms of Sanders’ delegates left the arena in which the convention’s major speeches are given, marched into a press tent, held a sit-in on the floor, and some of them stuck a piece of tape across their mouths and refused to speak.

Everything remained peaceful, but eventually armed officers encircled the area where reporters interviewed protesters and police lined up outside the tent so no one could enter without a press pass.

One of the protesters’ leaders was a young Black woman from Augusta, Ga., Clark Atlanta University graduate Traci George, who stood in the center of a group of protesters with white specks of paint decorating her dark brown face. The Sanders delegate from the Eagle River section of Anchorage, Alaska, then raised her right arm with a clenched fist, stirring up images of the “Black Power” movement of the 1960s.

The protesters’ message was clear, whether they stated it or not. They believed that they had been “silenced” by Democratic power brokers with considerable help from a media that gave Clinton’s campaign an unfair advantage in the primary race. It ended last night with the state-by-state roll call that climaxed with Sanders’ graciously declaring Clinton the winner of a hard-fought race.

One of the sit-in protesters, Andrea Burns, a Sanders delegate from Boston, explained that capitulation by calling her political hero “a mensch” – which means a person of integrity and honor. But his gesture toward reconciliation didn’t quell the indignation felt by Sanders’ vehement supporters.

“Bernie’s delegates received a text message after the ‘coronation’ to come across the street to protest the media nominating Hillary and building up Donald Trump,” said Shane Harris, a Sanders delegate from Orland, Fla., who calmly watched the protesters from outside the tent.

“They gave Trump about a billion U.S. dollars in free media coverage. They ignored Bernie – well, not ignored – but most of the press he received was negative. They main thing they did was say that she had already won. Today was the first day you can say she won.

“It’s presenting an unfair narrative of a contest. It feels like we don’t even have an illusion of a republic.”

Harris, a chef, is a product of a Spelhouse marriage, and his daughter, Zaria, is a 2016 graduate of Spelman.

Kimberly Tucker, a Sanders delegate from Virginia, complained about “voter suppression” imposed by both parties. Regarding the Democratic primary, she said there were 12 states that suffered voting irregularities.

“In every one of those states, Hillary Clinton benefited from the suppression,” Tucker said. But she wouldn’t accuse Clinton of being responsible for the suppression, saying she had no proof of that.

Burns, Tucker and Harris all said they were not surprised by the WikiLeaks revelation that supposedly neutral Democratic National Committee higher-ups had exchanged ideas about how to put Sanders in an unfavorable light.

“We already knew that,” Harris said. “It’s like a smoking gun that’s been smoking for a month.”

The disillusionment felt by Sanders’ delegates could have major consequences on Election Day, when Clinton may need every vote she can find to hold off Trump. Harris noted that Clinton hasn’t captured the youth vote, is likely to get a lesser percentage of the black vote than Barack Obama did, and he said she tends to lose early leads in the polls.

Among Sanders’ delegates who protested last night, not one this reporter talked to committed to voting for Clinton in November.

Burns deflected questions about that, saying only that July 26th was all she was focused on. She wouldn’t predict her voting future.

Tucker said she won’t leave the Democratic Party like many Sanders supporters are threatening, but her vote is up for grabs.

“I hope she earns my vote,” Tucker said. “She has credibility problems.”

Harris, at best, gave Clinton a lukewarm nod.

“As delegates, we signed a pledge to support the Democratic nominee,” he said. “That’s all I can say.”

 

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Georgia Delegates Downplay Sanders Supporters’ Complaints

By Ugochukwu Unigwe
The Maroon Tiger  

   

PHILADELPHIA – July 26 – Bernie Sanders’ supporters contested the Democratic Party’s Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine ticket Tuesday night and questioned the validity of Hilary Clinton as the official Democratic nominee. Official Sanders delegates filled the press area on the second night of the convention.

But several prominent members of the Georgia delegation believe that Sanders supporters’ concerns are not valid.

Of Georgia’s 31 delegate votes, in the 2016 Democratic Convention 22 went Hillary Clinton and nine went to Sanders.

“The campaign is over,” Calvin Smyre, the Dean of the House, said from the floor of the convention. “Supporters of Bernie Sanders can either live in the past or live in the future. Supporters of Sanders should redirect their energy toward defeating Donald Trump.”

Smyre is the longest serving member among the Georgia delegates. He was the youngest member when he was elected in 1974.

As a servant of the House for over 40 years, Smyre has a large amount of experience to pull from; the 2016 DNC marks Smyre’s 10th convention.

“I’ve seen many historic moments,” he said. “First in 2008 when the official Democratic candidate was a black man; and now in 2016 when the Democratic candidate is a woman.”

            Hank Johnson is a Democratic super delegate from Georgia. “I think it’s time for the party to unite and support the nominee,” he said. Johnson says that this is a special moment in our history when the nominee from a major political party is a woman.

“I think she will continue to blaze a new path as the first woman President.”

            Johnson isn’t concerned about Sanders supporters because, “Clinton secured more votes. She won fair and square and she’ll do the same in November. Sanders supporters should consider what their non-support means for the nation. The nation won’t survive Trump.”

             Johnson believes it’s important for the party to focus energy on the coming election. “If we care about America and democracy, vote for Clinton.”

            DuBose Porter is the head of the Georgia Democratic Party and has served as its chairman for three years. Porter agrees that it’s time to move on.

“Sanders supporters worked hard,” he said. “They need to get things out of their system and a convention is the perfect place to do that if that’s what they need to do to get it out.

          "We need to beat Trump down.”

Hillary Clinton: Mother, Wife, Friend

By DeShay Kidd

 The Maroon Tiger

PHILADELPHIA – July 26, 2016 – Bill Clinton walked on stage at the Wells Fargo Center after a heartfelt tribute to him from some of his biggest supporters. The main focus of the video was a single parent who lived in poverty but managed to graduate in the top 3 percent of her graduating class at law school and helped her son graduate from college with “principles instilled by Bill Clinton.”

Clinton then proceeded to tell Tuesday night’s crowd the story about how he proposed to Hillary Clinton and “the third time’s the charm.” The crowd went crazy for Bill and Hillary’s love story.

Clinton displayed tremendous support for his wife as he described her heartfelt efforts in the fields of children’s rights, civil rights and improved health care.

“She did all this while being a full-time worker and a mother,” he said. “She’s the best darn change-maker I’ve met in my entire life.”

Trying to counter her opponents’ contention that Hillary is an establishment politician, her husband referred to many of Hillary’s political endeavors during the 1990s.

“This woman has never been satisfied with the status quo,” Bill Clinton said.

Hillary’s opponents have also portrayed her as untrustworthy. But Bill expressed confidence in his wife’s chances of winning the election in November and urged all of her supporters to go to the polls and “decide which is which” – the Hillary Clinton who the Republicans criticize so sharply, or the woman Bill knows so well.

He strongly asserted that the Democratic Party “nominated the real one.”

From ‘Suspects’ to Heroes

By Ugochukwu Unigwe

The Maroon Tiger 

PHILADELPHIA – July 26, 2016 – The sound of thousands of people marching, shouting and stomping filled the subway on Monday evening in Philadelphia during the first official day of the Democratic National Convention. The atmosphere was filled with emotion as fellow Maroon Tiger reporter DeShay Kidd and I went down the escalator and entered the subway. Bald, with bright eyes and dressed in blue, Joe Killian, from the News and Record in Greensboro, NC, entered the train and sat diagonal from us.

           We sparked a conversation, communicated general Facebook profile information, origin, purpose for coming and the like. A few stops down, after feeling we had gotten to know each other, Killian exited the subway car, leaving behind something of immeasurable value – his phone.

           For any journalist, especially covering an international event like the DNC, your cell phone is of the utmost importance. All your contacts, story ideas, your connections to the world around you are found in your phone.

            Unfortunately for Mr. Killian, we noticed a moment too late, the doors closed and the subway was off. We wondered, how can we get this key to the universe back to its owner? We went through Killian’s contacts, looking for mom, dad, or an indicator of a brother, sister or close relative we could contact.

We decided to go back to the Bed and Breakfast we are staying at in South Philly. As we exited the subway, clouds were luminously gathering. In the middle of our search for a contact and the trek back to the Bed and Breakfast, Killian’s phone rang. On the other end of the phone, we heard the voice of a law enforcement officer who Killian was speaking to. Killian thought his phone had been stolen.

Luckily for him, we were the ones who had his phone in our possession. The raindrops, in the span of a few minutes, had turned into a downpour. We ran for cover at a local Subway Restaurant; the DNC ponchos that were given to us were drenched with water.

Killian was on his way. He arrived in a Philadelphia police car, in the pouring rain. The officer asked me for my ID so he could report that the ‘stolen phone’ was found. Killian bought us dinner, talked to us about his 10 years in the field, and the amazing events he had covered. This seemed like the perfect end to Day 1 of the DNC. 


Photo of Joe Killian

Sanders Delivers on Clinton’s Behalf

By Ron Thomas
The Maroon Tiger Adviser

         PHILADELPHIA – Unlike when Sen. Ted Cruz refused to endorse his bitter primary rival Donald Trump during last week’s Republican National Convention, Sen. Bernie Sanders unequivocally threw his support behind Hillary Clinton as the closing speaker on the first day of the Democratic Convention.

         Sanders juxtaposed leadership that insults Muslims, immigrants, Blacks and members of the LGBT community – obviously referring to Republican nominee Donald Trump – with leadership that “brings us together and makes us stronger.”

         Then he said, “Any objective observer must conclude that Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the Unites States.”

Despite the Sanders supporters who have been vociferous protesters against Clinton this week, many in the crowd rose to their feet to affirm Sanders’ words.

         After being introduced by Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Sanders came onstage to an ovation that almost refused to quit. The crowd kept chanting “Bernie! Bernie!” He kept waving and saying “Thank you” and the “Bernie!!” chant went on and on and got louder and louder for about five minutes.

        After his followers finally allowed him to speak, the early part of Sanders’ speech sounded much like his campaign speeches over recent months.

         He thanked his supporters for raising $8 million and knowingly asked them how much was the average contribution. “$27,” they roared back.

         He thanked his 1846 pledged delegates, his supporters from the state of Vermont he represents, and his family.

         He acknowledged the pain his volunteers and voters must feel after losing his nomination bid.

         “I understand that many people here in this convention hall are disappointed about the final results of the nomination process,” he said. With a smile, he added, “I think it’s fair to say no one is more disappointed than I am.”

         But then he assured them that the political revolution he sought goes on trying to “transform America” and bring economic, racial, environmental and social justice to all. 

         Sanders drew several contrasts believe Clinton’s and Trump’s beliefs. He said that Trump opposes raising the $7.25 mimimum wage and believes states should be able to lower it if they wish.

         Sanders parried with, “Hillary Clinton understands that if someone in this country works 40 hours a week, that person should not be living in poverty. She understands that we must raise the minimum raise to a living wage.

         Sanders said that Clinton is willing to create millions of jobs by repairing the broken infrastructure throughout America.

         Then Sanders accused Trump of believing in “in HUUUUGE tax breaks to billionaires” and believing that states should have the right to lower their minimum wage to below the current $7.25.

         Sanders called the “Citizens United” Supreme Court decision, which gave corporations the right to be considered human beings, among the worst decisions in our nation.

          “Hillary Clinton will nominate justices to the Supreme Court who are prepared to overturn Citizens United and overturn oligarchy in this country,” Sanders declared.

         Then came a long list of rights that Clinton would defend as president: a woman’s right to control her own body, worker’s rights, rights for LGBT communities, and government’s ability to protect our environment.

         Add that Clinton will “make sure young people are in good schools and good jobs, not rotting in jail cells.”

         To big applause, he said that he and Hillary Clinton have devised a plan that “will guarantee that children in this country with an annual of income of $125,000 or less – 80 percent of our population – will be able to go to a public college or university free.”

         Mash it all together, and where Sanders stands on the prospective Democratic nominee became obvious as he concluded last night’s speech.

         “Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president, and I am proud to stand with her tonight,” he said. Then he walked off the national stage.

 

FLOTUS, the Concerned Parent, Praises Clinton

By Ayron Lewallen

The Maroon Tiger 

    PHILADELPHIA – July 25, 2016 – Imagine the pride and joy one would feel when waking up in the White House each and every morning for the past eight years. Not only that, imagine being an African-American woman who wakes up in that house every morning knowing it was built by slaves.

    In a powerful, emotion-provoking speech, First Lady Michelle Obama took to the Democratic National Convention stage at Wells Fargo Center to share her story with delegates, the audience and viewers to talk about what it means to be a parent experiencing this year’s election. Ever since President Barack Obama and the First Lady took those positions in 2008, each has attempted to humanize themselves for the world to see that they are regular people with high stakes riding on this year’s election. Michelle used her platform to encourage people to elect a presidential nominee who has the best interest of the Obama children, and everyone else's children for that matter, in November's election.

    “With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us,” Michelle said. “We as parents are the most important role model. ... Barack and I take that same approach to our jobs as President and First Lady because we know that our words and actions matter, not just to our girls, but to children across this country.”

    Michelle expressed concerns about the American people electing the candidate who will have the best influence on American youth by serving in the highest position of power in the world. She stated this election is not about choosing a political party or how liberal or conservative the citizens are. This election is about choosing a person who will have the power to shape children for the next four to eight years.

    Michelle then stated her support for presumptive presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. She said Clinton is the only person she trusts with that huge responsibility for current generation of youth and the only person truly qualified to serve in that capacity.

    As a parent, Michelle noticed the compassion and interest Clinton has taken in American families and children, saying, “I have seen her lifelong devotion to our nation’s children. Not just her own daughter, . . . but every child who needs a champion: kids who take the long way to school to avoid the gangs; kids who wonder how they will ever afford college; kids whose parents don't speak a word of English, but dream of a better life, who look to us to dream of what they can be.”

    Michelle commended Clinton for the work she has done over the years in other positions she has served in over her career. Michelle praised Clinton for advocating for youth with disabilities and fighting to get children quality health and childcare, all issues that would be important to a parent who is considering which candidate to vote for in any election.

    Michelle added that she wanted someone with perseverance and determination to serve as the next President of the United States. She pointed out that Clinton did not back down from challenges she faced after losing the Democratic nomination for President in 2008 against her husband. Michelle commended Clinton for her thick skin in continuing to fight for children around the world despite being “torn apart” for her appearance and speech.

    In lieu of speaking about tough skin, Michelle took time to indirectly address GOP nominee Donald Trump and showcase an American value millions of parents share – the value of strength and taking a job seriously, especially when the safety of yourself and your children are at stake.

    “Someone who understands that the issues of our nation are not black or white,” Michelle said. “It cannot be boiled down to 140 characters. Because when you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips and the military in your command, you can't make snap decisions. You can't have thin skin or a tendency to lash out. You need to be steady and measured and well-informed.”

    As a parent, Michelle wants all children to be afforded the same opportunities despite race, gender, or socioeconomic status. Therefore, she is looking for a president with a record of public service.

    “Someone whose life’s work shows our children that we don't chase fame and fortune for ourselves; we fight to give everyone a chance to succeed,” she said. “And we give back even when we are struggling ourselves because we know that there is someone worse off. . . . I want a president who will teach our children that everyone in this country matters.”

    Michelle also voiced her support for Clinton by using some of her campaign slogans such as “I’m with her” and “Stronger together.”

    Michelle discussed the work people from generations past have done to ensure equal opportunity for children. As examples of performing everyday tasks together, she cited “volunteering to coach the team, teach the Sunday school class, because they know it takes a village.”

Michelle also reflected on her own ancestors who came before her and “felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, and the sting of segregation.” Her ancestors suffered backbreaking labor so that one day, she would be able to wake up in the White House every morning and show minority men and women around the world that cracking the glass ceiling held above their heads, and even becoming President of the United States, is possible if they only preserve and let nothing stand in their way.

Michelle’s DNC address was more than an expression of support for Clinton. Her speech was a story of a concerned parent who is charging all parents and adults to come together despite their differences to ensure they leave this earth is better than they found it. The only way to do that is to elect a person who cares about the future of our children and is willing to fight for it. To Michelle, that presidential candidate is Hillary Clinton.

‘Under My Leadership’

By DeShay Kidd 
The Maroon Tiger

            PHILADELPHIA – Donna Brazile’s time as the interim chair of the Democratic National Convention was short-lived, but she wasn’t replaced before some of the most prominent Black faces in the party let her know how they felt about her appointment.

           Vice chair Brazile was promoted to interim chair after chair Debbie Wassermann Schultz announced that she would resign after the convention due to her role in the WikiLeaks email scandal.

             By mid-day, Marcia Fudge had been named permanent chair. But at a Monday morning Black Caucus meeting at the Philadelphia Convention Center, Brazile was still in charge.

             “Under my leadership,” Brazile said before she gave the audience a look of reassurance, “We gon’ win this damn thing.” The crowd went wild with cheers and applause.

            Brazile went on to say, “Roll up your sleeves. You know what to do and you know how to win.”

             Cornell Belcher, a prominent pollster and president of Brilliant Corners Research and Strategy for progressive politic, spoke later at the meeting. He said he believes the Democratic Party has a real chance of winning this presidential election.

            “Fifty-six percent of this coalition is white and the remaining 44 percent is made up of people of color,” he said.

            He pointed out that the Democratic Party keeps trying to add more white voters, saying, “We spend 98 percent of our resources on a shrinking market.” But the effort is futile.

            “We haven’t won the white vote since LBJ (President Lyndon Johnson) signed the civil rights legislation.”

            Both Belcher and Brazile urged Black voters to participate in the upcoming election.

             As well-known actor Danny Glover, another speaker, stated emphatically, “"We have to defeat Donald Trump! We must defeat Donald Trump!"

Actor Glover Calls for Change

By Ugochukwu Unigwe
The Maroon Tiger 

            PHILADELPHIA – In February 2016, Danny Glover, actor-activist, endorsed Sanders, but Glover’s appearance at the Black Caucus on Monday was his apparent acceptance of Hilary Clinton as the Democratic nominee. 

“There are great moments that we faced,” Glover said. “In all those moments, the Black Caucus was able to listen to all the desperate voices that called out for change. Formative change, transformative change.”

            Monday, at the Black Caucus of the Democratic National Convention, reporters of various shades, ethnicities and regions filled the large banquet room as Glover thundered from the stage. Glover stated that he wanted new voices to come to the table, speaking truth to the power, to transform power.

            The actor-activist highlighted many of the important voices for freedom and advocacy through the history of this nation. Representatives Barbara Lee and Randall Robinson were among those great voices.

            Glover referenced the fact that as each voice is coming to the table, we pay special attention to the voices that have most often been silenced, the voices of the women and other minorities.

            Glover encouraged minority voters to “go out to vote” and to “stand tall.” The crowd was extremely responsive to Glover’s statements. They seemed to hang on every word that came from his mouth.

Glover endorsed Bernie Sanders in February 2016, but in recent days has supported Clinton. “Who would have known when the cell phone was invented that it would be a tool [used] for justice?” Glover said.

Glover spoke of co-hosting the 1988 Black Caucus dinner highlighting some of the legislation that was being passed concerning the sanctions in South Africa.

The actor-activist encouraged the Black Caucus to be moved to action and to value the power of each individual vote. He spoke about the importance of covering all issues that affect us, including global warming and fracking.

Stepping Out on Faith

 By Ron Thomas
The Maroon Tiger Adviser 

Sunday was the day before the deluge of people arrive at the Philadelphia Convention Center. An estimated 50,000 were expected to swarm the city for the DNC, but Sunday was a leisurely walk-up to frenzy. One exception was the preaching and singing at an inter-faith church service in the Philadelphia Convention Center. Here are a few vignettes from it written by The Maroon Tiger reporters covering the convention for Morehouse College.

             PHILADELPHIA – After Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton named Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) as her vice presidential running mate, political analysts and the media scrutinized the wisdom of her choice. Their answers were mixed. However, at least one member of the inter-faith congregation had absolutely no doubt about Kaine’s worthiness to be potentially one step from the White House.

             “I don’t think they could have found a more ideal candidate,” Elisabeth Johnson of Alexandria, Va., said. “Senator Kaine is a genuinely – people don’t like to use this term and it fits him perfectly – he is a nice person. He is so kind.”

            Is that enough to qualify him for VP? Johnson says yes because he also is “extremely intelligent,” has exceptional command of Spanish that should appeal to Latino voters, has a politically savvy wife, and will back Clinton’s approach to care for military veterans.

            Johnson cited Kaine’s undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri (which he earned in economics in three years) and his law degree from Harvard. Then she praised his exceptional command of Spanish. “Senator Kaine speaks the Spanish of the people,” she said. “He speaks dialects. He speaks idioms.”

            His wife, Anne Holton, is the daughter (of former Virginia Governor A. Linwood Holton) and wife of a former governor of Virginia, and currently is the state’s secretary of education.

            And the Clinton/Kaine ticket wants to treat veterans the way Johnson thinks they should be treated.

            “One of the things I like about Secretary of State Clinton is she has gone on record saying there will be no privatization of the Veterans Administration,” Johnson said, a member of the Veterans and Military Caucus of Virginia. “I think you lose something when you don’t have people there who know the veterans.”

            She saw that firsthand after her husband, who was a veteran, died. Fellow veterans who he hadn’t seen in 10-15 years called Johnson or visited her because of their mutual affinity for each other.

            “There’s something about keeping it in the family,” she said.

The Voice Rules

Ayron Lewallen
The Maroon Tiger

After she and her family rendered a selection, Angie Hoskins Aldridge, lead singer of the Hoskins Family gospel and Christian choir, shared her excitement for the convention.

“This is my first time here at the convention,” Aldridge said. “I would do it all over again and again and again.”

Of all the speakers at the convention, she said she is most looking forward to Hillary Clinton’s speech on Thursday evening.

“[Clinton] is a strong, independent woman,” Aldridge said. “She is the epitome of strong.”

Bishop William Murphy, pastor of the Dream Center of Atlanta, blessed the audience by singing his smash hit, “You Are My Strength.” Afterward, he also most wanted to hear Clinton because “I want to know what her legacy means to the country, and African Americans.”

Other interests the Grammy-nominated artist said he had in hearing Clinton speak were her policies and plans to make America great. He wants to know what plans she has to include not just the community as a whole, but more specifically the black community.

Murphy also spoke about what it meant for him to attend the convention. Although he was on vacation with his wife to celebrate her birthday, Murphy said it is his job to release prophetic sounds in spaces such as these.

“Movements are distinguished by sound,” said Murphy. “It is in my divine order to be here today.”

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