Tuesday night was all about Joe Biden. Who would expect less? The presumptive candidate for president of the United States became the candidate in the form of a seamless Roll Call that represented the beauty and diversity of the country’s regional and cultural landscape.
However, before Roll Call, the package of “rising stars” was perhaps one of the most eloquent and impactful statements of diversity the DNC used to begin the evening’s events. The most known rising star was Stacey Abrams, who discussed voter suppression and activism, while others from the mayor of Birmingham, AL, Randall Woodfin to LGBTQ+ politicians Malcolm Kenyatta, Sam Park, and Robert Garcia to Raumesh Akbari and eleven others gave voice to fighting a common good across ability, generational and cultural lines.
The night continued with presentations on Biden’s ability to cross the aisle and make those relationships equal endorsements and votes as expressed by his friendship with the late Sen. John McCain and a speech by Colin Powell. The recurring theme: competent leadership that respects the military.
Another standout moment was a package on Biden’s history on health care, and his work to make health care accessible to all. The star of the story was the Affordable Care Act and it was surrounded by other stars - the people who had praise for its availability and fear of its absence as threatened by the current administration, especially during a pandemic.
To journey back to Roll Call, a special highlight included the wonderful Black North Carolina operative, Cozzie Watkins, who issued a call-to-action and a threat.
“Let me just be plain: Black people, especially Black women, are the backbone of this party and if we don’t show up, Democrats don’t get elected,” she said.
Cozzie Watkins: I’ve been doing this for a long time, so let me just be plain. Black people, especially black women, are the backbone of the Democratic Party.” #DemConvention pic.twitter.com/MEwFW8Sanr— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) August 19, 2020
The Charlotte native and nurse became an instant star in her own when Twitter lit up to applaud her.
After Biden received his party’s official nomination, someone cued up Kool & the Gang’s “Celebrate” leading to a few more speeches and the close of the night - Jill Biden’s keynote. The former Second Lady reintroduced herself and assured America of her husband’s decency and integrity and their commitment to revive the soul of the nation.