SPRINGFIELD – A groundbreaking politician delivered the votes for Illinois during the roll call at Tuesday night’s Democratic National Convention.
Carol Moseley Braun, the first Black woman to serve in the U.S. Senate, appeared in a segment taped in front of the Old State Capitol in Springfield. It’s the same location where Barack Obama launched his candidacy for president and Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous “House Divided” speech.
Moseley Braun used the opportunity to call attention to discriminatory lending practices she says have denied many Black Americans the opportunity to own a home and build wealth.
“Joe Biden has a plan to end racist lending practices and help more people of color achieve the American dream of owning a home,” said Braun.
The former Senator then declared 59 votes for Bernie Sanders and 122 votes for Joe Biden.
Democrats nominated Biden as their party’s 2020 presidential nominee during a virtual convention held amid the COVID-19 pandemic.