It’s official – as of today, Secretary Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee, making her the first woman in American history to be the presidential candidate for a major party. This milestone cannot be understated. The glass ceiling she nearly broke in 2008 is now the closest it has ever been to shattering. Young women across the country have a role model to look to who has ascended to the highest level of public service, a woman who has shown them that nothing is impossible.

After the roll call vote confirmed the Democratic nominee, we came to the highlight of the night when a group called Mothers of the Movement, a group of mothers whose sons lost their lives to police violence, came together to speak on behalf of Black Lives Matter. Among those women was Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin. “I am an unwilling participant in this movement,” she shared. “I did not want this spotlight, but I will do everything I can to focus some of this light on a path out of the darkness.” While the majority of men and women in law enforcement should be commended for their service, integrity, and professionalism, there is still a sense of sadness and distrust in this country around the recent shootings of both unarmed and armed African-American men. That is why Fulton’s voice is such a powerful one. She sees the path out of this darkness and is willing to help everyone find the light. 

If not for the moving words from the Mothers of the Movement, former President Bill Clinton would have had the best speech of the night. He made a compelling case for not only why Hillary Clinton would make a fantastic president, but provided the American people with a side of her that few have seen. He told us about her role as a wife, a mother, and a friend. A woman that he has trusted for decades to do the right thing for her family and her country. Hillary Clinton has become a mythologized figure in American politics. President Clinton reminded us that she is just as human as you or I.

Perhaps the strongest moment of his speech came when he said the following:

“She’s the best darn change-maker I’ve met in my entire life. This is a really important point for you to take from this convention. If you believe in making change from the bottom-up, if you believe the measure of change is how many people’s lives are better, you know it is hard and some people think it is boring.  Speeches like this are fun. Actually doing the work is hard. So people say, well, we need to change. She has been around a long time. She sure has. And she sure has been worth every single year she has put into making people’s lives better.”

I know it’s a long quote, but it highlights why I and millions of others have supported Clinton from the beginning. She has dedicated her life improving other people’s lives, not only in the United States, but every corner in the world. This election is not just a matter of stopping Republican nominee Donald Trump, it’s a matter of electing one of the most qualified and intelligent people in American history to the office of the presidency. This country is already great. Now is the time to give Clinton the opportunity to make it even greater.

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