Hillary Clinton gives keynote speech at Charleston NAACP banquet

Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, and Dot Scott, president of the Charleston Branch NAACP, second from right, react to a joke from mistress of ceremonies Linda Ketner on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 at the branch's 98th annual Freedom Fund Banquet held at the Charleston Area Convention Center in North Charleston, S.C. Clinton was the keynote speaker. (Wade Spees/The Post And Courier via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

CHARLESTON, SC – Democratic presidential frontrunner, Hillary Clinton, was in North Charleston tonight and headlined the NAACP’s 98th annual Freedom Fund Banquet.

The NAACP honored the Emanuel nine families, Mayor Joe Riley and his decade’s worth of service to Charleston, and recognized new lifetime NAACP members.

When Secretary Clinton took the stage, she touched on all of those topics.

The convention center was filled with hundreds of Clinton supporters and NAACP members from across the state, including family members of the people who were killed in Emanuel AME Church.

Mrs. Clinton said the families of the people who were killed at Mother Emanuel, have shown “grace and resilience” that inspired the nation.

She thanked Mayor Riley for his leadership throughout the healing process and for the last 40 years as mayor of the Holy City.

Clinton talked about the North Charleston Police Department and racial profiling in SC. She said if she becomes president, she wants to work with the NAACP here in Charleston.  She asked NAACP Charleston Branch President, Dot Scott, and other members of the NAACP to work with democrats and republicans to pass reforms that would be felt in the streets of South Carolina.

Clinton said, “Charleston has been through a lot. This state has been through a lot…The murder of the nine innocents at bible study; it renewed the call to do something about the senseless gun violence that stalks this county… Every American should be safe at school, or at the movies, or at church. ”

Earlier on Friday, Clinton announced that if she were elected president, she would take executive action to “ban the box.” The box being the one a job applicant must check saying they have a criminal history, during the initial application stage. Clinton wants these background checks to be done later in the hiring process.

On Saturday, Hillary Clinton will be speaking at the International Longshoreman Association downtown.

News 2’s Travis Rice will have a live preview during News 2 Today and we’ll stream that engagement at 10:00 am.

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