By Valerie Vainieri Huttle, posted on Politicker NJ
Last week was quite an emotional one for me as I attended the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC) as a delegate for Hillary Clinton. Each day invoked a powerful theme of our collective values as Americans and how we all deserve a chance to live up to our God-given potential. A simple but powerful overarching message was conveyed – bridges are better than walls and we are stronger together when we all share in the opportunity of the American Dream.
Day 1 – Putting Families First – Michelle Obama delivered one of the best speeches of the convention by reflecting on what it was like raising two African American girls in the White House and what it would mean to see a woman become the next president. Our own Cory Booker then declared that our best days are yet to come.
Day 2 – Roll Call Vote – I was honored to be part of the New Jersey delegation and cast my vote for Hillary Clinton. I listened to the Mothers of the Movement hold back their tears as they spoke about the tragic deaths of their children while chants of “black lives matter’ erupted in the hall. President Bill Clinton mesmerized us all with “herstory” as he gave us an intimate glimpse of Hillary as a proven change maker in a way that only he can deliver.Read more