Friday, November 18, 2016
Clinton's first speech since conceding
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On Wednesday night, Hillary Clinton kept a previously scheduled speech before the Children's Defense Fund, where she was honored with an award for "a lifetime of service." She herself began her activism career just out of Yale Law School with a job working at the Defense Fund.
Acknowledging that the past week had been very painful, she said: "There were a few times this week that I wanted to curl up with a good book or the dogs and never get back up again."
She did not dwell further on the negative, but urged those in attendance at the charity gala to "remain engaged in progressive politics." She quoted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as saying that: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."
Emphasizing the value of service, she said: "Service is the rent we pay for living. You don't get to stop paying rent just because things didn't go your way."
Attempting to inspire continued action, she reminded her supporters that: "America is worth it. Our children are worth it. . . . Believe in our country, fight for our values and never, ever give up."
Marian Wright Edelson, president and Founder of the Children's Defense Fund, introduced Clinton. Referring to her being the first woman nominated for president by a major party, as well as her having won the popular vote, Edelson called her "our president for the people."