Several of the most prominent 2020 presidential candidates appealed to thousands of African American voters at the NAACP 110th National Convention in Detroit on Wednesday, July 24th. The forum, which took place at the COBO Center, offered candidates and convention attendees alike the opportunity to discuss solutions to some of the most critical issues we face as a nation.
Confirmed presidential candidates include: Cory Booker, United States Senator; Julián Castro, Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Kamala Harris, United States Senator; Amy Klobuchar, United States Senator; Beto O’Rourke, Former Member of the United States House of Representatives; Bernie Sanders, United States Senator; and Elizabeth Warren, United States Senator.
“The upcoming 2020 presidential election is one of the most pivotal elections in our lifetime and will be heavily influenced by the Black electorate. Issues such as voting rights, immigration, criminal justice reform, student loan debt, the economy and environmental justice persist as crucial concerns for African Americans. We must ensure we’re electing officials who will help us set policy priorities that will bring about positive change for communities of color.” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO. “We remain committed to ensuring Black voters are heard and counted throughout this next election cycle. This presidential forum allowed us to hear from the candidates as well as bring their attention to our most pressing concerns as a community.”
Every presidential election, the NAACP extends invitations to both the Republican and Democratic nominees for president to address the NAACP membership during their annual July convention. Past speakers have included Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama, Governor Mitt Romney, Senator John McCain, Senator John Kerry, President George W. Bush, Vice President Al Gore and President Bill Clinton.
The highly-anticipated event drew a large crowd of activists and political leaders to Detroit.
More information about the 110th Annual NAACP National Convention, can be found by visiting naacpconvention.org.