Talking about race isn’t ‘identity politics,’ Kamala Harris tells crowd in Durham | Raleigh News & Observer

newsobserver | 8/24/2019 | Staff
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Presidential candidate Kamala Harris visited two influential African American organizations in Durham on Saturday and Sunday.

Harris told a crowd of several hundred in Durham on Saturday night that it is time for the country to look itself in the mirror and ask, “Who are we?”

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“I think we all know part of the answer to that question is, ‘We are better than this,’” said Harris, who was the keynote speaker at the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People’s 84th Founders’ Day banquet.

The Democrat said the U.S. is in a moment “that requires us to fight.”

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“This fight is not new for us. We know how to fight. In fact there is nothing we have gained that came without a fight. ... So, let us not be overwhelmed, let us not despair. Let us not throw up our hands when it is time to roll up our sleeves,” Harris said.

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Harris is a U.S. senator from California and was the second African American woman to be elected to the Senate when she won in 2016. She was also the first African American and first woman to serve as attorney general for the state.

On Sunday morning, Harris worshipped at St. Joseph AME Church in Durham. The church’s old building is further up Fayetteville Street in what is now the Hayti Heritage Center, named for the historic African American neighborhood just ouside downtown.

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The newer building is adjacent to N.C. Central University, a historically black university. Harris also attended an HBCU — Howard University, and was in the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Dozens of AKA members wore the sorority colors of pink and green during the church service.

It was also the church’s “Social Justice Sunday” and a few days away from the anniversary...
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