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High-profile Democrats will speak this week at NAACP convention in Detroit

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

The NAACP national convention is drawing many high-profile Democratic Party officials to the Motor City this week.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to address the annual convention Monday morning in Detroit.   The attendees will also hear from former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and Michigan U.S. Rep. Rashia Tlaib, who’s been a frequent target of President Trump.  

The biggest names will appear on Wednesday.   Former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warrenand Kamala Harris,and other presidential candidates will address the convention.

Coe Alice Stirgus is a retiree from Mississippi who is attending the convention. Stirgus says she hopes to hear the candidates talk about how they plan to unify the country.

“Unity’s important because we can work together and accomplish something. We can move forward,” says Stirgus, “But when we are divided, we can not do anything.”

Dorian Buford is a 19-year-old college student from Ohio. He’s attending the convention with his father and brother. Buford wants to hear what the candidates have to say. 

“I want to know what they stand for and what they want to do,” says Buford, “and whose agenda applies to my life and actually fix the things in my life.”

Other NAACP convention attendees want to hear the candidates’ economic plans and what they plan to do to hold police officers accountable.

While the attendees will be hearing from candidates running for president, they won’t hear from the man currently in the White House.

President Trump declined an invitation to address the convention this week.

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Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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