Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, as well as Martin O'Malley and Ben Carson, will speak today at the National Urban League Conference in Florida.
"The candidates will share their visions for saving our cities on Friday, July 31, during a session entitled 'Off To The Races: The 2016 Presidential Candidates’ Plenary,'" a press release reads.
“As we convene in Florida to deliberate solutions to the economic and social challenges our cities are facing, it’s vital that those contending for the highest office in the land be part of that conversation,” National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial said. The candidates’ plenary will take place on the second full day of the Conference themed “Save Our Cities: Education, Jobs + Justice.” “Our focus was inspired was by a year that saw little accountability for law enforcement responsible for killing unarmed Black men, teenagers and children; a continual assault on voting rights; widening economic inequality gaps; and an increasingly partisan education debate far more rooted in political agendas than in putting our children first,” Morial said.
Maggie Haberman of the New York Times reports, "For Mrs. Clinton, the event is an opportunity to highlight a passionate speechabout race that she gave last month in the wake of the shooting that killed nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C. ... Mr. Bush, who seemed to roll his eyes at the Black Lives Matter movement recently, has often talked about the need for the party to expand its tent. This speech is another opportunity."