Hillary Clinton Preaches About Unity at Memphis Churches

By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (Hillary Clinton) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Hillary Clinton focuses on black voters with a message of unity and love that she delivered at two Memphis-area churches.

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, spoke from two Memphis pulpits on February 28 to offer a message where she rejected divisiveness and embraced inclusion. Clinton told the mostly black congregation that she will break every barrier related to discrimination and reform the country's criminal justice system. She also promised to increase health care coverage. There was also a mention of fulfilling the demand for delivering better economic opportunities.

Clinton did not miss this opportunity to take an obvious dig at Donald Trump, the probable candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, and his “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan. She told the predominantly black audience that the U.S. was, and will, continue to be great, and the task of the Democratic Party is to make the country whole. Her speech got an excellent reception at Greater Imani Cathedral of Faith located outside Memphis.

"It will take all of us working together to knock down these barriers to stand for the basic proposition that yes we are all created equal," Clinton proclaimed.

At Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, Clinton offered more of her vision on how coming together under her leadership will make the country stronger.

"I am very confident, not just hopeful, I am confident that if we start working together again, if we remembered we are the United States of America, if we reject the demagoguery, the prejudice, the paranoia, the mean spiritedness we hear in our public political discourse … America's best days can still be ahead of us," Clinton voiced.

African American voters in southern states can provide an overwhelming victory to her like one she enjoyed in South Carolina. In states like Alabama, Georgia, Texas, and Arkansas, the black voting population will provide the impetus to steam ahead of Senator Bernie Sanders. If she can achieve this, she will be awarded with a much larger proportion of delegates from those states.

Supporters and aides of Clinton are amused by infighting at the Republican side, where accusations of misdeeds and lying are commonplace. They view her as a candidate with the ability to rise above the fray, and provide an inclusive message. 

On Super Tuesday, 865 delegates from 11 states are up for grabs from the Democratic Party.

The Memphis appearances were not announced until late on Saturday, and Clinton's appearance surprised both the congregations. Reverend Bill Adkins of Greater Imani Cathedral told almost 2,000 people in his church that he knew of Clinton's surprise visit, but was forced to be discreet for security reasons.

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