KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hillary Clinton's campaign trail brought her to Kansas City Thursday as she took the stage at the National Baptist Convention talking about faith and issues of interest to African-Americans.
“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it,” Clinton said as she came to the podium at the Kansas City Convention Center.
From her opening line, to her closing remarks, the Democratic nominee for President sounded more like an evangelist than a politician, during the 30 minute speech.
“The scripture tells us, let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart," Clinton quoted from the Book of Galatians.
“She was speaking to our hearts from her faith and she was resolute and we were resolute in listening to her,” Atlanta-based Rev. R.L. White said.
An announcement about the speech being open to the public came just hours before Clinton was set to take the stage. Many people at the convention also reportedly had prior commitments. Perhaps explaining why after the speech was already to have started, staff partitioned off the half empty hall to hide thousands of empty seats.
“The ones who took time to come, I think they have a message to bring back to those that wasn’t here,” said Pastor Robert Scott Jr.
“People who look at African-American community and only see poverty, crime and despair are missing so much,” Clinton told the crowd.
She pledged to work to end systemic racism, to raise minimum wage and guarantee women equal pay for equal work.
“She is on target with the needs of us as individuals and for the country as a whole,” Jim Robbins said.
The loudest applause came the handful of times she spoke about her opponent, who she never mentioned by name, but accused of having a long history of racial discrimination in his businesses.
“If he doesn’t respect all Americans how can he serve all Americans," Clinton said of Donald Trump.