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Hillary Clinton to Address NAACP Convention

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in an attempt to gain more favor among African American voters has accepted an invitation to speak next Monday at the 107th annual NAACP Convention in Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported on Monday.

Clinton will use her platform there to specifically address the issue of police violence and the African American community. The engagement follows the fatalities of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana, and the killing of five Dallas police officers last week. Monday also marks the first day of the Republican National Convention.

NAACP members have previously been vocal on their disapproval over acquittals or failures to charge police officers who were involved in the killings of African Americans.

“In these violent and horrifying times, when a new generation is waking to call for police accountability, economic and educational equality and protecting the right to vote for all people, this election marks a significant moral moment for America,” said  NAACP President and CEO Cornell Williams Brooks. “We look forward to hearing Secretary Clinton’s priorities and plan to advance our issues of social justice.”

NAACP chairman Roslyn M. Brock said she was excited that the former Secretary of State will be speaking.

“She will have the opportunity to address a gathering of dedicated activists and advocates from across the nation and we are proud to offer a chance for the candidates to speak about the major issues affecting civil rights today,” said Brock.

Cincinnati has a longstanding relationship with the NAACP convention, having most recently hosted the gathering in 2008 during then-candidate Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. The city hosted the conference in both 1946 and 1970.