Four South Carolinians will speak at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next week.
The Democratic National Convention Committee on Thursday released a list of most speakers at the event in Philadelphia. The list includes South Carolina’s lone Democratic congressman US Rep. Jim Clyburn, Columbia’s mayor Steve Benjamin, South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison, and former legislator and CNN contributor Bakari Sellers. All four men are African-American.
The convention runs from Monday to Thursday, July 25-28.
“Excited does not encapsulate how I feel about the opportunity to speak next week at the #DNCinPHL!!!” Sellers tweeted shortly after the announcement.
Previous reports have been that two women who survived the attack on Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church by a suspected white supremacist last year will also speak at the convention. Felicia Sanders and Polly Sheppard have kept a low profile since the shootings, but have spoken several times on what they consider a need to tighten gun laws.
“I am very proud of our state’s strong representation at next week’s Democratic National Convention,” Harrison said in a statement. “South Carolina, as the First in the South primary, was instrumental in catapulting Barack Obama to the nomination in 2008 and Hillary Clinton to the nomination this year. South Carolina Democrats are working tirelessly to change the state from red to blue because we have seen how disastrous the last 14 years of Republican domination of state government have been for South Carolinians. I am honored and humbled to join these three great South Carolina Democrats, along with the rest of the dynamic speakers, in addressing our convention next week in Philadelphia. I look forward to sharing my vision for our party, our state, our region, and our country.”
The prominence of politicos from a Republican-controlled state is an interesting contrast to the GOP convention, which featured only one political speaker from South Carolina. Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster spoke Tuesday to second the nomination of Donald Trump as the party’s formal nominee for president.