Day two of the 2016 Democratic National Convention was filled with powerful speeches, calls to action and performances. Here is a roundup of the best the day had to offer…
Bill Clinton’s Full Speech at 2016 DNC
The most anticipated speech of the night came from former President Bill Clinton.
Clinton, the gifted orator that he is, had the crowd hanging on his words and he delivered, starting with the story of how he met Hillary. His recollections were warm and personal, something the Hillary Clinton campaign has been criticized for not having enough of in the past.
But it wasn’t all personal. He also made the case for Hillary as a leader who can make a positive impact on our country.
“She is the best darn change maker I have ever known,” Clinton said, in his characteristically folksy way.
“I can tell you this. If you were sitting where I’m sitting and you heard what I have heard at every dinner conversation, every lunch conversation, on every lone walk, you would say this woman has never been satisfied with the status quo in anything,” he said. “She always wants to move the ball forward. That is just who she is.”
Meryl Streep’s Full Speech at 2016 DNC
“We got some fight left in us, don’t we?” she asked the crowd. “What does it take to be the first female anything? It takes grit, and it takes grace.”
“Hillary Clinton has taken some fire over 40 years of her fight for families and children,” she continued. “How does she do it?”
“She’ll be the first, but she won’t be the last,” Streep concluded.
Hillary Clinton Surprise Appearance Via Satellite
Clinton made that same case when she made a surprise appearance via satellite.
“Hello, Philadelphia,” she said. “I’m so happy. It’s been a great day, and what an incredible honor that you’ve given me. And I can’t believe that we’ve just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet, thanks to you and to everyone who’s worked so hard to make this possible. This is really your victory. This is really your night. And if there are any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch, let me just say, I may become the first woman president, but one of you is next.”
Alicia Keys Performance at 2016 DNC
Alicia Keys performed “Superwoman” and “In Common.” She dedicated her performance to the Mothers of the Movement.
She also called for unity.
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“Big up to Bernie Sanders. Where are my Bernie people at? Big up to Hillary Clinton. Where are my Hillary people at? It’s time to stand together and be unified,” she said. “We can’t let politics divide us. We have to show the world that bigotry and fear will never win, because we have so much in common.”
“Tonight is an incredible night for American history and feminist history. Don’t waste the vote. Vote for Hillary Clinton, because love will always win!” Keys said.
Mothers of the Movement
Mothers of the Movement took the stage to speak on the need to protect people of color from violence and police brutality, with nine women present and three speaking: Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland, Lucy McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, and Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin.
There were “Black Lives Matter” chants and signs on the floor.
“I am here with Hillary Clinton tonight because she is a leader, and a mother, who will say our children’s names,” Reed-Veal. “She knows that when a young black life is cut short…it’s a national loss. It’s a loss that diminishes all of us.”
This major platform for the movement for the protection of black and brown lives is another reason this convention is making history.
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