As the state primaries heat up, many prominent African Americans are going on divergent paths.BY: ANGELA BRONNER HELM Posted: Feb. 6 2016 1:39 PM
Two major African American activists made their presidential endorsements known on Friday, as former NAACP head Benjamin Jealous released a statement sanctioning Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. On the same day, civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump threw his support behind Sanders’ rival in the race, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Jealous, who went to New Hampshire on Friday to stump for Sanders, released his remarks on Sanders’ website. Entitled “I Endorse Bernie Sanders for President,” Jealous began by noting that his white grandparents were in fact from New Hampshire. He also stated that Senator Sanders has an “A+ rating from the NAACP.”
Further, Jealous invoked Martin Luther King when he said, “I recall the words of the late great Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that ‘a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.’ And that is why I am here today. Bernie Sanders has been principled, courageous, and consistent in fighting the evils that Dr. King referred to as the ‘giant triplets’ of racism, militarism, and greed …” Read More