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How civil rights leader James Clyburn helped Joe Biden and Black America win the White House

Added 11-21-20 03:04:03am EST - “U.S. Rep. James Clyburn has been fighting for civil rights for 60 years. At 80, he gave himself one last job: Get Donald Trump out of the White House.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “How civil rights leader James Clyburn helped Joe Biden and Black America win the White House”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – James Clyburn sat at a table in a slowly emptying ballroom on Election night, his chin resting on his right fist as he sipped Jack Daniel’s from one glass and Diet Coke from another.

He watched the huge screen in the center of the room where MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Joy Reid announced state election results. South Carolina, as expected, was called for President Donald Trump. The crowd, wearing masks and spread out across the ballroom, groaned.

In the days leading up to Election Day, the House majority whip had campaigned across his home state pleading with South Carolinians to follow his lead, to vote for Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris. He called on them to support a younger generation in Congress who could take the lead.

There was a fish fry, a drive-in, an evening rally, watch parties, visits to polling sites and back-to-back interviews. It was an unforgiving pace and a risky one for an 80-year-old Black man in the midst of a pandemic.

As a young man, Clyburn had faced down baton-waving sheriff deputies so the next generation of African Americans could sit at any lunch counter, shop at any department store and go to any school. Now, here he was again, trying to make America live up to its promise of a just nation.

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