U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris brought her presidential bid to Marlboro County on Sunday.
She attended and spoke briefly at the services at Greater St. James Missionary Baptist Church and Community of Grace Church, had lunch at Genesis Restaurant and held a meet and greet at Grace Temple Church in Wallace.
Rep. Pat Henegan, who is co-chair of the S.C. campaign, introduced Harris at each event. She noted people don’t care about how much a person knows until they know that the person cares about them.
“Sen. Harris cares about people in every state I have been with her on,” Henegan said. “Sen Harris is the People’s Champ.”
She added Harris has a positive political background and is willing to be the voice in the White House.
Greater St. James
Born in Oakland, California, Harris grew up with parents active in the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Her parents and others in the movement were heroes in her life who fight for justice and inspired her to become a lawyer.
After earning an undergraduate degree from Howard University and a law degree from the University of California, Hastings, Harris began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.
“I do believe justice is on the ballot,” she said. “We must fight to get what we need.”
Before Harris left, Greater St. James Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Rev. James Smith prayed for her and her staff.
Community of Grace
Pastor Eddie Davis said it was Youth Day at the church.
After seeing various youth recognized for their various academic and other achievements, Harris said she was hopeful.
“When I look at our young leaders and their accomplishments, it reminds me so much of the great promise that we have in front of us,” she said.
Harris said she was raised to believe “faith” is a verb — to not only believe it and feel it but live it and act on it.
She noted many looked at her candidacy and said they would vote for her but were not sure if America is ready for a black woman to be president of the U.S.
“This is not a new conversation for me,” Harris said. “I have heard this conversation in every campaign I have, and here is the operative word, won.”
Harris was elected district attorney of the City and County of San Francisco. One of her achievements that received national recognition was for a program that gave first-time drug offenders the chance to earn a high school diploma and find employment.
She was elected as the first African-American and first woman to serve as attorney general for California, running the California Department of Justice which is the second-largest department of justice in the U.S.
In 2017, Kamala D. Harris was sworn in as a United States Senator for California, the second African-American woman and first South Asian-American senator in history.
Sen. Gerald Malloy said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “I can’t be who I ought to be until you are who you ought to be.”
He told the crowd present that if there was no them that there would be no him.
“If there is no you, there is not going to be a president of the United States that has the same vision as you,” he said. “Today is an opportunity for everyone present to allow their collective voices to be heard. The politics of the past cannot hinder the progress into our future.”
As Harris spoke, she pointed out how the nation was born out of a fight.
“To win, it not only has to be an election about turning the page on Donald Trump but also being prepared to write the next chapter in the history of our country,” she said.
Harris had returned to South Carolina as a presidential candidate for the 15th time.
The South Carolina Democratic Primary is Feb. 29.