As the Republican party kicks off its convention Monday, Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is scheduled to address the national convention for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) the same day. The speech is expected to be a push to register voters as the general election campaign is set to get into full swing.
The high-profile speech from Clinton at the organization's annual gathering is expected to "launch an effort to register more than 3 million voters," wrote Cincinnati.com. The event is in Cincinnati, a major city in the key swing state of Ohio (the GOP convention is in Cleveland). While Clinton has made it a priority to show up at the event for the civil rights group, the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump, reportedly declined an invitation.
NAACP president Cornell William Brooks told CNN last week that he was disappointed Trump declined to show up. "We represent an occasion for those running for president to speak to the nation's most critical issues at a critical hour in this country," Brooks said on CNN. "You can't run for president and not talk about police misconduct and police brutality. You can't run for president and not talk about the nation's civil rights agenda."
In a time when many are concerned about the deepening of a racial divide in the United States, Clinton "is expected to build on her previous calls, including imploring white Americans to have more empathy for African-Americans who fear encounters with the police," according to the New York Times.