ICYMI: 2024 Democratic National Convention Chair Minyon Moore Highlights Black Democratic Leadership

CHICAGO – On Tuesday, Minyon Moore, Chair of the 2024 Democratic National Convention, called into Chicago’s WVON, a Black talk radio station, with hosts Perri Small and Rufus Williams to discuss the 2024 convention, the role of Black leadership in the Democratic Party, and the Biden-Harris administration’s historic accomplishments for Black Americans.


On engaging Chicago in the convention:

“You get to open up the process to the Chicago community. We invite them in, we have a great Host Committee who’s working very hard to make sure that Chicago’s involved from top to bottom and so for me it just means that, you know, our family, the Chicago family gets to host one of the greatest conventions of all time … I’m excited about being on this show to tell people that we welcome them, we welcome their participation, we welcome their volunteerism … We want the city to get involved, we want the city to be proud.”

On the Biden-Harris record delivering for Black Americans:

“The main reason for a convention is to nominate and re-nominate a president and a vice president, and we’re looking forward to nominating President Biden and Vice President Harris. We also have to be very clear about what we have accomplished, especially the Biden-Harris administration, and one of the things that I’d like to just share with you all is that every promise that this president made he has virtually [kept] …

“Let’s just start with the Supreme Court justice that we have. I had the privilege and the honor of working with her. I was on the confirmation team … and, you know, to see what she had to go through to get that, but to also know that she had a committed White House behind her was something spectacular to watch … and we have our Vice President who is leading the charge with the reinvestment in HBCUs. This president has invested over 7 billion dollars in HBCUs, and what people don’t quite understand is we have the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years in the black community.”

On Black women as leaders in the Democratic Party:

“We really started seeing Black women take control and really deciding that it was their time to run for office was really in 2016 … when Hillary Clinton lost and Black women had showed up in unprecedented numbers … We said first of all, we have to start getting more women to run for office, and we also have to start praising the women that are running for office, especially many of the women better in the CBC and others. And so we took control of our voting power, and we have to have control of our voting power because we know that we are a powerful voting block in the Democratic Party and with that comes not just voting but it also comes the responsibility of making sure that our communities know what we are there for and what we are there to do.”

“Just this year by the way, three of the state party chairs in our battleground states – South Carolina where we just came out of has a Black woman chair. Nevada … they have a Black chair. And Michigan has a Black chair. So we are making history. But it’s not enough to just make history. To me, history isn’t, you know, you put it in a history book, but history is what do you do with it. What do you feel your assignment and your obligation is to the American people.”