In a compelling address on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Vice President Kamala Harris made a passionate plea to Black voters, calling on them to unite with Democrats in the upcoming 2024 election to safeguard American democracy. Speaking at the NAACP’s annual King Day at the Dome event in Columbia, South Carolina, Harris expressed her concerns over the “profound threat” to freedom in the United States, citing various issues including the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court, long voting lines, Republican-backed book bans, and the prevalence of gun violence.
“Freedom is never truly won. You earn it and win it in every generation,” Harris declared, quoting the words of Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She called upon voters to roll up their sleeves and actively engage in the political process, emphasizing that they were born for a time such as this.
South Carolina, with its influential Black voting bloc, is set to hold its Democratic presidential primary contest on February 3rd. Harris underscored the urgency of the moment, stating, “Today, we are witnessing a full-on attack on hard-fought, hard-won freedoms.” She also referenced recent attempts to rewrite history, including Nikki Haley’s omission of slavery as a cause of the Civil War.
As the nation enters an election year, Kamala Harris’s message resonates strongly, highlighting the importance of Black voters’ participation in shaping the future of American democracy.