By Terry Shropshire
Special to the NNPA News Wire from the Atlanta Daily World
ATLANTA — Leading Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received a rousing reception at historic Clark Atlanta University as she unveiled some of the first components an extensive agenda to reform our criminal justice system that she will roll out over the coming days.
Clinton called for an end to racial profiling by federal, state and local law enforcement and eliminating sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine. In addition, she vowed executive action as president to “ban the box” for federal employers and contractors, to help remove barriers to formerly-incarcerated individuals’ pathway back into the workplace. She also discussed the need for a more comprehensive strategy to create opportunities, including new investments in education, health care, housing and jobs.
Clinton was joined at the rally by Congressman John Lewis, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, former NBA player Grant Hill and R&B artists Usher and Monica. The event was her second in Atlanta today, following the Ministers Luncheon of the 16th Annual Creating Opportunity Conference where she delivered remarks.
“I am thrilled to be here at Clark Atlanta University, the heart of the AUC. And I’m happy to see a bunch of Panthers here,” she said as the throngs thundered with cheers for the former first lady of the United States. “How about Morehouse? We got any Morehouse men here? And how about Spelman College? These universities contribute so much to the community here in Atlanta and to our nation. You have trained generations of distinguished leaders. And I applaud you because I know I love visiting a school founded by the Methodist Church nearly 150 years ago.”
Read the rest of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s remarks at Clark Atlanta University.