Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake opened the 2016 Democratic National Convention. She was the last minute replacement for ousted DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz who was supposed to open and close the four-day event.
Bernie Sanders got flack earlier in the day from his own delegates when he made a passionate plea for them to join the ranks and back the Clinton-Kaine ticket. Meanwhile, outside the center, protests continue to mount.
In sweltering heat, thousands of Sanders supporters were feeling the Bern further ignited by the email scandal that revealed the DNC was sabotaging Sanders’ presidential campaign in favor of Hillary Clinton’s.
And for the second time, the interim party chairwoman Donna Brazil apologized to Sanders in a statement calling the email remarks “inexcusable.”
Meanwhile several current and former members of Congress and others are brushing off Sanders supporters and their resistance to support Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Roland Martin talked with a number of Congressional representatives during the first day of the Democratic National Convention. Martin’s guests included: Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rep. Cedric Richmond, Rep. James Clyburn, Rep. Barabara Lee, Rep. Joyce Beatty, Rep. Al Green, Rep. Mark Veasey, State Sen. Vincent Hughes, Singer/Actress, Sheryl Lee Ralph; and Kweisi Mfume, former NAACP President.
First Lady Michelle Obama Delivers A Rousing Emotion DNC Address
In an emotional and stirring speech First Lady Michelle Obama made a strong case for why Hillary Clinton should be president, highlighting her years of public service and experience.
And without using his name, FLOTUS took some not-so-subtle jabs at Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Senators Elizabeth Warren And Bernie Sanders
Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders underscore the difference between the democrat and republican presidential tickets in rousing speeches supporting former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
Education Reform Now
In a segment is brought to you by the University of Phoenix, a group of educational influencers gathered to discuss school reform.
It was all part of an event called Camp Philos, held by the non-profit organization, Economic Reform Now.
Michael Jordan Ends His Silence On Social Justice Issues
NBA Hall of Famer and Charlotte Hornets owner, Michael Jordan is speaking out on the recent shootings of African-Americans and the targeting of police officers.
The basketball superstar who lost his own father to senseless violence released a letter to ESPN’s The Undefeated that reads in part:
“I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late.
I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent.
We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment and that police officers who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all are respected and supported.”
Jordan is not only speaking out, but he’s putting his money where his mouth is. The basketball phenom is donating $1 million dollars to The NAACP Legal Defense Fund and another million dollars to Tthe Institute for Community Police Relations.
Senior writer from ESPN’s The Undefeated, Jerry Bembry joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss what many feel is a shocking development in the evolution of Jordan.
All that and more in this special edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast