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In the same week in which Sen. Barack Obama started running ads on black radio stations in South Carolina, Hillary Clinton is courting African American support just as aggressively. On Thursday, her campaign hosted a lavish event at the Hyatt Regency in Washington for 200 black male supporters that included a video tribute to Clinton from record producer Quincy Jones and a speech from the New York senator talking about her plans to improve the lives of American black men. The attendees included billionaire mogul Robert L. Johnson, the founder of BET and now the owner of the NBA Charlotte Bobcats and Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), a longtime Clinton ally.
Today, speaking in St. Louis at the annual convention of the National Urban League, a predominantly black group, Clinton called for the federal government to spend billions of dollars to close the "achievement gap" - the gap between black and Hispanic students and whites in education performance. And in a speech tonight in Fairfax, Va., she'll court black women in an unusual forum - an awards ceremony for the National Beauty Culturists' League, a group of cosmetologists, hair-dressers, barbers, and skin care professionals.
Clinton and Obama are tied in most national polls among black voters and in a close race for them in South Carolina, the first state in the primary process with a large African-American population. "It's not just Bill," said Mark Mellman, a Democratic pollster, of Hillary Clinton's popularity among black voters. "It's a history of both of them being involved in civil rights issues."
- Perry Bacon Jr.
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