Benjamin Crump, president of the National Bar Association and the civil rights attorney who represented the families of slain Black teens Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, is scheduled to endorse Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, reports BuzzFeed.
The Clinton campaign confirmed the news Friday.
The announcement comes ahead of next week’s critical primary race in New Hampshire, where Clinton is working to close the gap against rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is ahead in the early voting state, according to recent polls.
But the endorsement is expected to have more of an impact as the presidential race moves to South Carolina at the end of the month. Clinton and Sanders are racing to win the backing of the state’s large Black voting bloc.
“Crump will talk to South Carolina voters about what’s at stake in this election and Hillary Clinton’s strong record of fighting for families,” a Clinton aide said. “He will highlight how Clinton is the only one who will stand up to the gun lobby, has a plan to reform our criminal justice system, and understands the issues that keep families up at night.”
Crump is among the civil rights leaders who will meet with Clinton on Feb. 16th in New York to discuss issues facing the black community, including voting rights, poverty, unemployment, mass incarceration, the campaign said Friday.
Other attendees include Melanie Campbell of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation; Marc Morial of the National Urban League, Rev. Al Sharpton; Kristen Clarke of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; and Wade Henderson, the outgoing president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Clinton has also obtained the endorsements of mothers of unarmed Black men who lost their lives due to violence by law enforcement officers, including Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, and Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton.
On Thursday, the Sanders campaign announced the endorsement of former NAACP head Ben Jealous, who played a critical role in the fight against the use of deadly force by police in communities of color during his tenure.
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SOURCE: BuzzFeed | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty