Harris hopes to form ‘magic’ with black girls in SC Black ladies for Kamala , Aside a wall of 2-foot-tall letters spelling out “Black Women Lead,”
Harris told the crowd of about 300, most of whom were black women, in a ballroom at Benedict College, a historically black , “But that magic is born out of hard work. … It didn’t just magically appear. … We worked hard for that.”
“Black Women’s Weekend of Action,” the California senator’s campaign framed the event as one to focus on issues important to black women, like pay equity and maternal health. Emceed by actress Sheryl Lee Ralph,the round table discussion also featured U.S. Rep.
Brenda Lawrence of Michigan, a Congressional Black Caucus member who is backing Harris.“Black women want you go come in and have a cup of tea,” Carr said to the audience, as well as those watching via livestream. “This is her having a virtual cup of tea.”
South Carolina is a critical state for Harris and the other Democrats vying for their party’s nomination. The first Southern state to vote, it’s also the first to feature a heavily black electorate,
Where success can bode well for a candidate’s future in the other southern states whose primaries follow. Ahead of the round table, Harris officially signed her papers to be a candidate in South Carolina’s Democratic presidential primary,
Joining former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg on the ballot. Many Democratic hopefuls are courting the state’s black voters. But Harris’ efforts underscore the emphasis that she is placing specifically on winning over black women,
The Democratic Party’s most loyal and consistent voters. Languishing in many polls, Harris has lagged with black voters, who comprise about two-thirds of the state’s Democratic primary electorate.